A superb and uncommon Civil War Fraktur of a fickle Guerrilla's soldier named William P.Testerman who fought under two blood stained flags, that being the Confederate & Union Army, Changing sides when the Union Army offered him a rank and better pay as a scout.
William begun his military journey by serving in the 16th Confederate Battalion of (Neals)Tennessee Calvary in Company F as a raw back woods private and field scout according to Tennessee historical records. Later on as the war progressed he fled the Confederate enlistment during the night and became a field sergeant in the Union Army of the 8th Regiment of the Tennessee Calvary.In the end of his historic journey leaving as a Captain for his exceptional "inside scouting" of pocket Rebel Guerrilla's. I would surmise that William knew his former brother in arms like no other, a trait recognized by his new allegiance. The calligraphy and artwork on this large Fraktur is exceptional throughout. The Folk Art masterpiece clearly states William Testerman was married in Hancock County,Tennessee directly after the war and lists him as discharged with honors as a Captain as the attached modern research documentation supports.
*Question: Have you ever heard or read of a non-commissioned Sergeant going directly to a Captain in rank...even in retirement?
The answerer may lay below:
His commanding Officer requested that (Billy Testerman) receive the Medal of Honor in April of 1865. Lincoln's assassination likely curtailed that request and focus of the military.
23' x 28 inches frayed & missing pieces, staining and foxing, though written information not affected.