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Elias A. Whipple Photograph

Identifier: RH-A-3807


  • Creation: 1864


Biographical / Historical

The soldier in the photo is named Elias A. Whipple. He was born in 1845, and enlisted for three years in Company I of the Michigan 2nd Infantry on March 22, 1864. He was mustered on April 14, and joined his regiment on June 27. On December 20, he died while on furlough at his home in Almer, MI.

Elias A. Whipple was born to Christopher Whipple, a shoemaker, and Louisa Raymond, in 1845 in Trumbull County, Ohio. His father was born in Connecticut about 1801, and his mother in New York about 1814. The two married in 1840 in Geauga County, Ohio, before moving to Trumbull County. Elias was the second of five children for the two, and was the only one not to marry or have children. Sometime between 1850 and 1864, the Whipples moved to Almer, Michigan, in Tuscola county.


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Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet, and is composed of a 3.75” x 2.625” photograph of a Union Civil War soldier. The photo is a sepia colored Carte de Visite, and an example of a Memento Mori photograph, being taken after the soldier’s death. The photo is overlaid on a thicker, cream colored piece of paper, which borders the photo and also contains two red lines that parallel the photo. The photo depicts a deceased young Union Civil War soldier standing at attention with his rifle. A stool can be seen in the background on the soldier’s right, and an American Flag on his left. The words Mrs. E. A. Whipple written in blue cursive on the backside of the photo.

The photo is in fairly good condition. There are small tears at the top and bottom of the border. There are two rectangular discolorations along the bottom and right side of the photo, as well as a more substantial tear, likely the result of tape. The back of the photo has a few small, brown discolorations.


The collection is composed of a Carte de Visite of a Union Civil War soldier, taken shortly after December 20, 1864.


Although the back of the photograph is labeled Mrs. E. A. Whipple, it is unknown who this person is, as Elias was not married. All family history information was found via

All military history was found via the book Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in The Civil War 1861-1865 Vol. II. The Starring Endowment was used to fund this collection.

Elias A. Whipple Photograph Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

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