Captain John L. Sparks, A.A.I.G

Captain John L. Sparks, A.A.I.G, carte-de-visite, by Frederick Gutekunst, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c.1860s
John L. Sparks rose in rank over the course of the Civil War with the 1st Delaware Volunteers. On September 16, 1862, he was appointed to the position of first lieutenant of Company G. Then on February 20, 1863, Sparks was made captain of Company K. He was also the acting assistant inspector general of the 3rd Brig. 2nd Div, 2nd Corps. Field reports written by Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth (cat. #3955W), give Sparks high praise for his bravery and conduct under heavy pressure at the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, as well as in other engagements.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
depicted (sitter)
Sparks, John L.
Gutekunst, Frederic
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 2 3/8 in; 10.16 cm x 5.9944 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Seville Collection
Civil War
Battle of Antietam, 1862
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of M.W Seville
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