Colonel 23rd Illinois Infantry of the western Irish Brigade
Mortally wounded at the battle of Winchester, Va.
(1830-64) A lawyer and newspaper editor, he was appointed Colonel of the 23rd Illinois Infantry, of the western "Irish Brigade," a regiment which he raised. Captured at Lexington, Missouri, Sept. 20, 1861, he was not exchanged until Nov. 1862. Commander of Camp Douglas Military Prison. At the battle of Winchester, Va., in July 1864, he was wounded in action. As his men were removing him from the field, he saw that the colors were about to be captured and shouted, "Lay me down and save the flag!" As they hesitated, he repeated his cry. They obeyed, but before they could return he was captured. He died 3 days later from his wounds.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bottom corners of the mount have been rounded. 2/3 seated view, in civilian attire. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., New York, Habana and Paris. Light creasing to card at right side. Light age toning and edge wear. Scarce.