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Swearing In Native American Civil War Recruits



Swearing In Native American Civil War Recruits
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Title: Swearing In Native American Civil War Recruits
Description: Thomas Bigford (in cap, on left) and another official swearing in two Native American Civil War recruits. Thomas Bigford (1815-1890) of Taycheedah, Wisconsin, was a farmer who served as a local recruiting officer during the war. According to Bigford, the recruit on right may be Adam Scherf of Stockbridge, who was said to have served in the same regiment with Thomas Bigford's son Royal. Royal Bigford was a private in the 1st Battery, Light Artillery, but Sherf is not listed.

Image ID: 1909
Creation
Date:
1861 
Creator
Name:
Not known
Collection
Name:
Album 13 (The Civil War--Portraits, Military Camps, Military Training)
Genre: Photograph
Additional
Information:
12/6/2010 There were two Adam Scherfs living in Stockbridge according to the 1860 census, a father and son. The father was born in Bavaria in 1813 (died 1884). He married a Catherine Denny (1839-1925), an Oneida woman, and had 8 children with her, including Adam Jr. who was born August 15, 1856 (died 1933). The first Adam was too old and not Native American. The second Adam was Native American but too young.
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Oaths
Hats
Recruiting and enlistment
Civil War, 1861-1865
Clothing and dress
Rites and ceremonies
 

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