Pvt. Jesse B. Cole, 2nd Georgia Infantry

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Ran across this photo in the Virginia Historical Society's digital collection.

Description: Sixth-plate ambrotype on ruby glass with applied color of a 3/4 portrait of Private Jesse B. Cole in uniform. The front and back case sections are detached. Pvt. Jesse B. Cole (d. 1864) of Co. B, 2nd Georgia Infantry [in Toombs'/Benning's Georgia Brigade]. A deed dated May 20, 1862, reveals that Jesse Cole received 100 acres of land from a wealthy Meriwether County, Georgia, neighbor for serving as his substitute in the 2nd Georgia Infantry. Cole enlisted in April 1861 and served in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Peninsula Campaign to the Petersburg Campaign. He was killed in action on June 20, 1864, but the land he received remains the property of his descendants. PJ 33.​


Thought it was interesting because you don't see too many photos of soldiers who served as substitutes. Also, if I'm not mistaken it looks like he's wearing a Richmond Depot Type 1 jacket, which would mean that it was likely taken in late 1861 or sometime throughout 1862.
 
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Nice photo and frame! It is too bad that he did not live to enjoy his land, but happy his descendants did.
 

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Was nice to find this today! Jesse B. Cole is my great, great, great, great grandfather. The land that he was gifted is still in our family, and there are currently 3 homes on the land..my home, my great uncle, and a cousin all still live on the land. Unfortunately, my grandmother's home was lost in a fire in 2014. There was also another home on the land, but it was torn down a few years ago. We have a few other pictures of him, but this is a great one!
 
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Was nice to find this today! Jesse B. Cole is my great, great, great, great grandfather. The land that he was gifted is still in our family, and there are currently 3 homes on the land..my home, my great uncle, and a cousin all still live on the land. Unfortunately, my grandmother's home was lost in a fire in 2014. There was also another home on the land, but it was torn down a few years ago. We have a few other pictures of him, but this is a great one!
Hello and welcome to the forum! It's good to hear that his descendants are still living on the land that he quite literally fought and died for.
 
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