Edwin Francis Jemison Died at the Age of 17
His Photograph Has Become One of The Most Famous Photographs of a Soldier Taken During the Civil War
(December 1, 1844 Milledgeville Georgia – July 1, 1862, Henrico county Virginia) was a Private in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, who served in the 2nd Louisiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Jemison enlisted on May 11, 1861 and was among the war’s early volunteers. He participated in the Pensinsula Campaign under John B. Magruder. Jemison was killed in the Battle of Malvern Hill by a direct hit from a cannon ball which decapitated him.
Jemison’s photograph (previously identified as Jennison of Georgia Regiment) has gradually become one of the most famous portraits of the young soldiers of both the Confederate and Union Armies. A monument to Jemison was erected at the Memory Hill Cemetery in Georgia, where he is buried.
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