(1813-67) Commissioned as colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry, on July 11, 1861. He served under General U.S. Grant and was severely wounded while cutting through the Confederate lines at the battle of Belmont, on November 7, 1861. He distinguished himself at the capture of Fort Donelson, where, in command of a brigade of General C.F. Smith's division, he was one of the first to enter the Confederate works. For his gallantry he was appointed brigadier general. At the battle of Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Stephen Hurlbut's division, which sustained 458 casualties. During the Vicksburg campaign he directed the 4th Division of the 16th Corps. Lauman accompanied General W.T. Sherman's forces on it's mission to capture Jackson, Miss. and his men were badly cut to pieces by the intrenched Confederates, one of his brigades losing 465 out of 880 men present for duty.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Very fine. Rare.