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General Albert L. Lee CDV with New Orleans Backmark

General Lee started his career in the 7th Kansas Cavalry as major.  After several minor engagements in Kansas and Missouri,the 7th Kansas Cavalry moved to operations on the east bank of the Mississippi.  Lee was appointed brigadier in April, 1863 and was General McClernand's Chief of Staff during the battles of Champion's Hill and the Big Black River.  He was wounded during the seige of Vicksburg.   After returning to the army, Lee became the chief of cavalry of the Department of the Gulf.  He participated in the Red River campaign.
This is a three quarter standing view of General Lee as a brigadier general.  THe backmark on the image is "E. Jacobs - 93 Camp St. - New Orleans".  The image has a two cent orange tax stamp on the back.

Medal of Honor General Manning Force CDV with Vicksburg Backmark

A hard to find image of General Manning Force of Ohio.  General Force started his Civil War career as major of the 20th Ohio Infantry.  He was promoted successively to lt. colonel, colonel, and brigadier general.  His war service was entirely under U.S. Grant and W.T. Sherman in the western armies.  He participated in Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta, and the March to the Sea.  He received a face wound at the battle for Atlanta.  At first the wound seemed fatal but Force recovered but was disfigured for life.  He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his services at Atlanta.  He was also brevetted major general "for especial gallantry before Atlanta". 
The image has General Force in an oval on the card.  The backmark is "Barr & Young, Army Photographers, Palace of Art, Vicksburg, Mississippi".

Admiral David Farragut Full Standing CDV

A nice full standing CDV of Admiral David Farragut.  Farragut is standing in a Napoleonic pose.  Written underneath the image on the front is "Adm. Farragut".
In April 1862, Farragut commanded the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with his flagship the USS Hartford. After a heavy bombardment, Farragut ran past the Fort Jackson, Fort St. Philip, and the Chalmette batteries to take the city and port of New Orleans on April 29, a decisive event in the war. Congress honored him by creating the rank of rear admiral on July 16, 1862, a rank never before used in the U.S. Navy. Before this time, the American Navy had resisted the rank of admiral, preferring the term "flag officer", to distinguish the rank from the traditions of the European navies. Later that year Farragut passed the batteries defending Vicksburg, Mississippi but had no success there. A makeshift Confederate ironclad forced his flotilla of 38 ships to withdraw in July 1862.

While an aggressive commander, Farragut was not always cooperative. At the Siege of Port Hudson the plan was that Farragut's flotilla would pass by the guns of the Confederate stronghold with the help of a diversionary land attack by the Army of the Gulf, commanded by General Nathaniel Banks, to commence at 8:00 am on March 15, 1863. Farragut unilaterally decided to move the timetable up to 9:00 pm on March 14, and initiated his run past the guns before Union ground forces were in position. By doing so, the uncoordinated attack allowed the Confederates to concentrate on Farragut's flotilla and inflict heavy damage on his warships.

Farragut's battle group was forced to retreat with only two ships able to pass the heavy cannon of the Confederate bastion. After surviving the gauntlet, Farragut played no further part in the battle for Port Hudson, and General Banks was left to continue the siege without advantage of naval support. The Union Army made two major attacks on the fort, and both were repulsed with heavy losses. Farragut's flotilla was splintered, yet was able to blockade the mouth of the Red River with the two remaining warships; he could not efficiently patrol the section of the Mississippi between Port Hudson and Vicksburg. Farragut's decision proved costly to the Union Navy and the Union Army, which suffered its highest casualty rate of the Civil War at Port Hudson.

Vicksburg surrendered on July 4, 1863, leaving Port Hudson as the last remaining Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. General Banks accepted the surrender of the Confederate garrison at Port Hudson on July 9, 1863, ending the longest siege in US military history. Control of the Mississippi River was the centerpiece of Union strategy to win the war, and with the surrender of Port Hudson the Confederacy was now severed in two.

On August 5, 1864, Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Mobile was then the Confederacy's last major port open on the Gulf of Mexico. The bay was heavily mined (tethered naval mines were known as torpedoes at the time) [1]. Farragut ordered his fleet to charge the bay. When the monitor USS Tecumseh struck a mine and sank, the others began to pull back.

Farragut could see the ships pulling back from his high perch, where he was lashed to the rigging of his flagship, the USS Hartford. "What's the trouble?", he shouted through a trumpet from the flagship to the USS Brooklyn. "Torpedoes!" was shouted back. "Damn the torpedoes!" said Farragut, "Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!"[6][7] The bulk of the fleet succeeded in entering the bay. Farragut triumphed over the opposition of heavy batteries in Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines to defeat the squadron of Admiral Franklin Buchanan.

On December 21, 1864, Lincoln promoted Farragut to vice admiral. After the war he was promoted to admiral on July 25, 1866.[2] His last active service was in command of the European Squadron from 1867 to 1868, with the screw frigate USS Franklin as his flagship. Farragut remained on active duty for life, an honor accorded to only six other US naval officers.[8]

Medal of Honor Winner General John A. Logan CDV with Vicksburg backmark

A nice CDV of General John A. Logan, Medal of Honor winner.  Logan started his military career in the Mexican War where he served a s a second lieutenant of Illinois volunteers.  He went into politics after the Mexican War and ended up in the U.S. Congress.  Logan fought at Bull Run as a volunteer in a Michigan regiment.  He returned to Illinois and recruited the 31st Illinois regiment, of which he was commisioned colonel.  "Blck Jack" as he was known because of his black eyes and hair became an instant success in the field as a commander.  His horse was killed at Belmont and he was wounded at Fort Donelson.  He was made a brigadier general on March 21, 1862.  He was with Halleck at the seige of Corinth.  During the winter campaign in northern Mississippi, Logan was promoted to major general.  At Vicksburg, Logan commanded the 3rd Division of McPhereson's XVII Corps.  For his services during the seige of the town, where his troops made the desperate assault on the Confederate works which followed the mine explosion, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  During the Atlanta campaign he was wounded at Dallas, Georgia.  When McPhereson was killed at Atlanta, Logan was temporarily in charge of the Army of the Tennessee.  When General O.O. Howard was put in permanent command, Logan left the army and worked to carry Illinois for the Republican party in the 1864 election.  He returned to command for the Savannah campaign and then fought in the Carolina campaign.  The image has Logan in an oval with a Barr & Young, Army Photographers, Vicksburg, Mississippi backmark.

General John A. McClernand CDV

General John A. McClernand was a Black Hawk war private who became a Civil War General by appointment by Abraham Lincoln.  He was promoted to a Major General position on March 21, 1862.  He played a subversive role in the army, seeking to supplant George McClellan in the East and criticizing U.S. Grant's maneuvers in the West.  After conducting an expedition which reduced the Post of Arkansas in January, 1863, he commanded the XIII Corps in the operations against Vicksburg.  After a disastrous assault on the Confederate works, McClernand furnished the press with a congratulatory order, extolling his men as the heros of the campaign.  This was the final straw with Grant and McClernand was sent home to the relief of the other Union commanders.  He reappeared as commander of the XIII Corps the following year until his resignation on November, 1864.  The image is a waist up photograph of McClernand as a major general.  The backmark is E.& H.T. Anthony.

General Thomas E. G. Ransom CDV

A little known but much wounded general, T.E.G. Ransom was wounded four times in the Civil War finally dying from the last wound.  At the beginning of the Civil War, Ransom recruited a company of the 11th Illinois Infantry.  He served as major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.  He was first wounded at Charleston, Missouri in August, 1861.  Again he was wounded at Fort Donelson and Shiloh.  Each time he refused to leave the field, and each time he was cited by his superiors for gallant conduct.  In June, 1862, Ransom became chief of staff to General John McClernand and inspector general of the Army of the Tennessee, and later commanded a brigade of the XIII Corps.  He was made a brigadier general on April 15, 1863, to rank from November 29, 1862, and during the Vicksburg campaign won encomiums from all his superiors for his performance while commanding a brigade of McArthur's division of McPhereson's XVII Corps.  After Vicksburg, Grant wanted Ransom to command his cavalry but Ransom was involved in the Red River campaign.  At Sabine Cross Roads while commanding the advance, his position was overrun and he was severely wounded.  On August 2, 1864, he took charge of a division of the XVI Corps in front of Atlanta: and after the wounding of Grenville Dodge, he commanded the movement which forced John Bell Hood to evacuate Atlanta after the decisive battle of Joneboro.  Ransom was next assigned to command of the XVII Corps which pursued the retreating Confederates through North Georgia into Alabama.  Despite illness and an aggravation of his partly healed wound, he accompanied his corps on the return from Alabama, dying near Rome, Georgia, October 29, 1864.  The image is a three quarter view of General Ransom as a brigadier general.  The backmark is an E. & H. T. Anthony by Brady backmark.

General Ralph P. Buckland CDV

A hard to find image of General Ralph P. Buckland from Ohio.  Buckland started his CIvil War career as Colonel of the 72 Ohio Infantry in January, 1862.  At Shiloh he commanded a brigade in the division of W.T. Sherman, who commended Buckland for resisting the Confederate assault on the first day of the battle.  Buckland was appointed brigadier general on November 29, 1862.  He commanded a brigade of the XV Corps in the Vicksburg campaign.  In January, 1864, he assumed command of the Disatrict of Memphis, where he served until January, 1865.  He resigned his commision in order to accept a seat in Congress in which he had been elected "in absentia".  He was brevetted major general on March 13, 1865.  The image is a bust shot with no backmark.

General Hugh Thompson Reid CDV

A nice image of a hard to find general.  A bust view of General Hugh Thompson Reid.  The backmark is "Barr & Young, Army Photographers, Fort Pickering, Memphis, Tennessee."  In period ink is written "Genl Reid - Iowa".
Reid entered in the Union army as colonel of the 15th Iowa Infantry, a Keokuk regiment.  He was badly wounded at Shiloh.  He was promoted to brigadier general on April 9, 1863 and commanded a brigade of Negro and white troops of the XVII Corps in the Vicksburg campaign. 

General Andrew Jackson Smith CDV

A very nice image of Geneal Andrew Jackson Smith.  Born in Pennsylvania he graduated from West Point in 1838.  He was commisioned into the 1st Dragoons and served in the west for the next 23 years.  He was promoted captain in 1847 and major in 1861. At the beginning of the Civil War, Smith was commisioned colonel of the 2nd California Cavalry but resigned to become chief of cavalry under General Henry HalleckHe was appointed brigadier general on March 20, 1862 and was promoted to major general on May 14, 1864.  He fought with Sherman at Chickasaw Bluffs and then was in the XIII Corps at Arkansas Post and the campaign for Vicksburg.  He was with Banks on the Red River campaign and then defeated General Forrest at Tupelo, July 14, 1864.  He was moved to Missouri and then back to help defeat General Hood at Nashville in December 1864.  During the Mobile campaign, he commanded the reorganized XVI Corps.  At the close of the was he was breveted major general inthe Regular Army and in 1866 became colonel of the 7th Regular Cavalry.  In 1869 he resigned his commision and moved into civilian life.  Smithdied in 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri.
The image is a bust shot with Smith wearing his major general's coat and eye glasss.  The image was taken by "J.A. Scholten, Artist, 82 North Fourth St., St. Louis, Mo." as stamped in red ink under his photograph on the card.  There is no backmark but a green 3 cent tax stamp is on the back.

General WIlliam T. Sherman CDV

This is one of my favorite photographs of General Sherman.  His eyes tell his story and let us know it really didn't bother him to burn Georgia.  Written under the image on the front in period ink is "Gen Sherman".  The backmark on the CDV is "Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, 25 Cedar St., opposite Commercial Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.".  A blue two cent George Washington tax stamp is on the back of the card. 

General John Eugene Smith CDV

A nice, clean image of General John Eugene Smith.  The image is a bust shot of General Smith when he was promoted to Major General.  The backmark is F. Gutekunst - 712 Arch St. - Philadelphia.".
John E. Smith was the son of a Napoleonic officer whio had fought at the battle of Waterloo.  He was born in Berne, Switzerland.  He grew up in Philadelphia and learned his trade of jeweler and goldsmith there.  He moved to St. Louis and then on to Galena, Illinois.  Smith recruited and organized the 45th Illinois Infantry and served as its colonel.  He was successively engaged at Forts Henry and Donelson and the battle of Shiloh.  Smith was made a brigadier general on November 29, 1862, and during the Vicksburg campaign directed a brigade of General John Logan's division of McPhereson's 17th Corps.  At Chattanooga. he was the only 17th Corps division present to take part in the defeat of the Confederate army.  He was in the Atlanta campaign, the March to the Sea, and the Carolina campaign.  After the war he was commisioned Colonel of the 27th US Infantry.  The following year he was brevetted brigadier and major general and served at various posts on the Indian frontier.

Brigadier General Peter J. Osterhaus CDV

General Peter Osterhaus was one of the most distinquished foriegn-born generals in our CIvil War.  Osterhaus grew up in Germany and came to the Unitd States in 1849.  Heentered the CIvil War in 1861 as a major of a Missouri battalion mustered into Federal service.  He fought at Wison's Creek and was made COlonel of the 12th Missouri Infnatry.  His next important encounter was at the battle of Elkhorn Tavern, or Pea Ridge, Arkansas.  In June 1862 he was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers rank.  At the Vicksburg campaign he served under Grant and Sherman and was wounded at the battle of the Big Black River.  At Chattanooga, Osterhaus served under General Hooker and wa skey in the Union victory at Missionary Ridge.  He was made Major general during the Atlanta campaign.  He was involved in SHerman's March to the Sea and the Carolina campaign. 
A nice bust shot of General Osterhaus witha E.&H.T. Anthony backmark.

Brigadier General Elias Smith Dennis CDV

A hard to find image of General Elias Smith Dennis.  The image shows Dennis in his General's uniform.  Written on the back of the image in period ink is "Brig. Genl. Dennis - Comdg, 1st Div. - 17th A.C. - The hero of Britton's Lane".
Dennis served in both houses of the Illinois legislature between 1842 and 1846,  In the 1850's he was a U.S. marshal in the Kansas Territory.  He mustered in the 30th Illinois Infantry as Lt. Colonel in August, 1861.  He was commended at Fort Donelson and became COlonel of the 30th Illinois on May1, 1862.  He was promoted brigadier general on November 29, 1862.  He served under General John Logan in McPhereson's 17th Corp.  After the war he was breveted Major General for gallant and meritorius services at the capture of Mobile. 

General Frederick Steele CDV with Little Rock, Arkansas Backmark

An 1843 graduate of West Point, Frederick Steele fought with distinction in the Mexican War, winning the brevets of first Lieutenant and Captain.  He was appointed colonel of the 8th Iowa Vols on September 23, 1861.  He advanced to brigadier general on January 29, 1862.  He took part in the campaign in Arkansas in 1862 and participated with General Sherman in the Chickasaw Bayou campaign in late 1862.  He was also present at Arkansas Post.  In Grant's campaign for Vicksburg, Steele commanded a division of the 15th Corps.  After Vicksburg, Steele was put in command of all the U.S. forces in Arkansas.  He captured Little Rock in September, 1863 and collaberated with General Banks in his ill-fated Red River campaign.  In 1865, Steele commanded a divsion under R.S. Canby, in the campaign against Mobile.  At the end of the hostilities he was sent to Texas and made Colonel of the 20th Infantry.  Steele died in 1868.
This is a nice image of General Steele in a standing three quarter photograph.  General Steele is standing in his generals uniform and he is wearing gloves.  The backmark on this image is "From Brown's Gallery, corner of Main & Markham streets, Little Rock, ARK.".

Confederate Soldier Tintype

A nice tintype of a Confederate soldier.  The image is a 6th plate and is housed in a leather case.  The case has the closing hooks.  There are some scuffs on one side of the case.  On the upper lert side of the image, there is some damage to the actual image.  It does not effect the Confederate soldiers image.  There are some dings and scratches but over all a good Confederate image for a fair price.   

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