Over my years of researching the 48th Pennsylvania, I have collected quite a number of CDVs of soldiers who served in the regiment. One of my favorites is that of Corporal John Humble, of Company G. With a pose that somewhat betrays his name, Humble appears very proud to be serving in Union blue. His uniform is wrinkled and dirty, showing the effects of war, but this did not deter the young soldier from striking a proud and determined pose.
John Humble was 24 years old when he enlisted in Company G, 48th Pennsylvania. The company muster roll has him standing at 5'5 1/2", with blue eyes, dark hair, and a florid complexion. Before the war, Humble labored as a moulder in Pottsville. He served throughout the course of the war, rising to the rank of corporal, and seeing action with the regiment at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg. He was mustered out with the regiment on July 17, 1865.