Colonel 41st Massachusetts Volunteers
Autographed carte de visite
(1824-71) Born in Boston, Mass. He was a 38 year old manufacturer from Boston when he enlisted on September 15, 1862, and was commissioned colonel of the 41st Massachusetts Infantry. (The designation of the regiment was changed to the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry on June 17, 1863). He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for his distinguished and meritorious Civil War record. Chickering saw action at Baton Rouge, Port Hudson, the Red River campaign, Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, to name but a few places.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view pose, wearing double breasted frock coat, with eagle belt plate, taken while colonel of the 41st Mass. Inf. Imprint on the front mount, Col. Thos. E. Chickering, 41st Regiment, M.V. Backmark: Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston. Nicely autographed and presented in ink on the reverse, To my friend, Henry A. McGluman, Compts. of T.E. Chickering, Col. 41st Regt., M.[assachusetts] V.[olunteers]. Light age toning. Very fine. Scarce.