Autographed carte de visite
(1810-64) Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of War of 1812 hero, Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer. He graduated in the West Point class of 1831, and served in the 5th U.S. Infantry. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1841-43. During the Civil War he served as Colonel and Aide-de-Camp on the staff of General Winfield Scott; Colonel and Inspector General; Inspector General, on the staff of General Irvin McDowell; and Inspector General, Department of the Ohio. Appointed brevet brigadier general, November 23, 1861. Died at Cincinnati, Ohio, Mar. 23, 1864.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 card. Full standing view in uniform with rank of full colonel, holding kepi with U.S. hat wreath insignia. Autographed in ink on the front mount, H. Van Rensselaer. Brady, Washington imprint on the front. Period ink inscription on the reverse, Col. Van Rensselaer, Staff of Genl. Winfield Scott. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Scarce.