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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Close Up On George Covode . . .

Library of Congress

This photograph from the Library of Congress, titled as "Westover Landing, Va. Col. James H. Childs (standing) with other officers of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry," also exists as a non-sepia, closer cropped version . . .


Library of Congress

The officer standing is Colonel James Harvey Child(28 years old) of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry. And yes, the officer seated to his right, is none other then Colonel George H. Covode(at that time a Major.) Col. Childs was killed at the battle of Antietam probably less then three months after this picture was taken. George H. Covode would survive two more years, to die only some 7 miles from where this picture was taken.
They were two of the ten officers killed in this regiment during the war.

 A map of the triangle of Charles City Court House, Westover Plantation and "St. Mary's Church."
Note also "Nancy," presumably Nance. 

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