"Bull Run" Russell
(1820-1907) Prominent English war correspondent who developed a reputation as Britain's finest military reporter. He came to America in 1861 to cover the American Civil War for the London Times. When General Irvin McDowell marched his inexperienced troops to the 1st battle of Bull Run, Va., Russell termed them a "rabble" army. Ironically, he was given the nickname "Bull Run" Russell for his panic stricken skedaddle from that battlefield. He published his Civil War experiences, which were titled, "My Diary, North and South." He was knighted in May 1895.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view holding top hat and walking stick. Imprint, Rusell, W. Howard, Esq., L.L.B., The Times "Own Correspondent" is afixed to the bottom of the mount. Backmark: Mayall, 224 Regent Street, London. Mount edges are slightly trimmed. Very fine.