I have an old book, The Civil War in Song & Story which is full of information. It lists the following story about one James Garrabrant of New Jersey who was a soldier in the Civil War:
"James Garrabrant, a member of Co. D., 13th New Jersey regiment, while fightin at a battle on the Rappahannock, saw a daguerreotype fall from the pocket of dead rebel. Impelled by curiosity, he picked it up and placed it in the breast pocket of his blouse. Soon he was struck by a bullet and fell. His brother, who was near him, picked him up, supposing him to be killed. Upon examination, the ball was found to have pierced his cloting, gone through the front of the daguerrotype, shivered the glass, and indented deeply the metal plate upon which the likeness was, which, however, it failed to penetrate, thus saving the young man's life, as it lay right over his heart."
Was your James Garrabrant of New Jersey a soldier in the Co. ,D, 13th regiment?
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