Postcard from the Past

> Here’s another little item of ephemeral nature, juxtaposing two images of the same man on one postcard. This (according to writing on the back) is John J. Ryder, of the 33rd Massachusetts Volunteers. He enlisted in Brewster, MA in 1862 at the age of 19, and the picture of him as a young man was taken in November of 1864, months after he was wounded by a minie ball on June 22. [This was likely at the battle of Kolb’s Farm, where the regiment lost 8 and 18 were wounded]. The picture of Ryder as an older man was taken in 1916 (he was 73), a proud veteran wearing his G.A.R. hat (Grand Army of the Republic–see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic).

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