Wanted: A New Home for Photo of a Civil War Soldier

A California resident is trying to find a new home for a historical photo with Southern Indiana connections. Dan Fahey, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., is the owner of an antique photograph of William P. Davis, a Southern Indiana resident who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After conducting some research, Fahey discovered that the soldier was born in New Albany in 1834, and he served as an officer in the 23rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Fahey has no idea how the photograph ended up in California, but he hopes to connect with descendants of the soldier or a local historical organization so the photo can return to Southern Indiana.
You can read more in an article by Brooke McAfee in the Anderson, Indiana Herald Bulletin at https://bit.ly/32J7cXD.


David Paul Davenport September 2, 2020 at 4:04 am

The Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis is the best possible repository for this image.


Mr. Davenport is absolutely correct. One could spend a long time doing a descendant genealogy–only to find that there was no one who who would cherish the photo.


Just you scanning the picture and putting it out on the web is a great way for it to be saved. You might also put it on DeadFred, but I do not know whether that web site is still functioning correctly as the last time I tried to update an identification it would not work.


I have done some “detective” work this afternoon and have reached out on facebook to a descendant one of LTC Davis’s daughters. He would be her GGG grandfather. I have sent the link to the article, so hopefully there will be some family interest. I learned during my research that LTC Davis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and that his wife, Lucy Martha V Hale, was a descendant of Nathan Hale. Pretty impressive lineage!

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PS One of the children of LTC Davis, lived in Alameda CA, so that might explain how the photo wound up in the area.

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