David Davidson, Maryland 7th Regiment

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Unidentified photographer, Sergeant David Davidson, ca. 1862. Hand painted tintype. Graphic Arts Collection 2014 in process. Gift of Russell Marks, Class of 1954.

Thanks to the generous donation of Russell Marks, Class of 1954, the Graphic Arts Collection has a new full-plate hand-painted tintype from the 1860s. The photograph shows Union Army Sergeant David Davidson, great grandfather of Mr. Marks, and a member of Maryland’s 7th Regiment during the American Civil War.

7th Regiment Infantry was organized at Baltimore, Md., August and September 1862 and moved to the Antietam September 18, 1862. According to the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Sergeant Davidson (born 1838) was admitted in 1907 at the age of 69. (microfilm M388 roll 3).

Marks and his wife Tricia (formerly editor of the Princeton University Library Chronicle) lived in Latin America for fifteen years. His business career included managing a sugar and paper complex in Peru as well as the presidency of Phelps Dodge International Corporation and of the Americas Society.  The couple is now happily living in Princeton once again.