This is likely a post-Civil War photo of my first cousin three times removed, 2nd LT James M. Malbone. He was wounded on May 3, 1863, during the battle of Chancellorsville while serving with Company B of the 6th Virginia Infantry, and suffered a partial fracture of the humerus of the right arm. His military records do not indicate whether the arm was amputated as a result of this wound. The photo is reversed, so that what appears to be the left arm is actually the right. Notice that the sleeve seems to be empty. 2LT Malbone is wearing an officer’s uniform and holds his hat, which is barely visible, in his lap. The boy is unknown.
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