The following excerpt was taken from Phisterer, Volume V, page 4213 (in the records of officers for the 19th USCT).
STEARNS, TYLER B., age 21 years; enrolled August 19, 1861 to serve three years; mustered in as private, Company A, 44th N. Y. Infantry, August 30, 1861; wounded in action, July 1, 1862, at Malvern Hill, Va.; discharged for promotion to Lieutenant, 19th U. S. Colored Infantry, December 11, 1863; promoted Captain, November 26, 1865; mustered out with regiment, January 15, 1867.
That Stearns signed the CDV as "Capt." indicates that it dates after November 26, 1865.
See http://home.earthlink.net/~cwashburn/44th_ny.html for a web page for the 44th Infantry.
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