From the personal photograph album of General Ingalls!
(1818-93) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the Mounted Rifles, and later in the 1st Dragoons. He was awarded the brevet of 1st lieutenant for his service during the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, Ingalls was appointed Chief Quarter Master of the Army of the Potomac. He served successively under Generals' McClellan, Burnside, Hooker and Meade, rendering outstanding service to each of them in this position of great importance, a task which must be highly praised. His organizational skills were par excellence. In 1864, his intimate friend and classmate, General U.S. Grant, appointed him chief quartermaster of all Union armies operating against Richmond. As a token of his immense gratitude, Grant personally invited Ingalls to join him at the McLean House, at Appomattox Court House, Va., to witness the official surrender of General Robert E. Lee. Ingalls remained in the U.S. Army after the Civil War retiring in 1883 after 40 years of gallant and meritorious service to his country.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 4 x 2 3/8 card. Interesting outdoor photograph taken next to a large store or business as you can see a wooden sign above the entrance, with numerous men, women and children from the well dressed to the working class all posing for the camera. There are also several horses, and some wagons visible in the view. This image came out of the personal cdv album of Union Civil War General Rufus Ingalls. Lightly written in old pencil on the reverse is, Family Outing, Rufus Ingalls Friends & Family. I do not see the general himself in the view. Corners of the mount are very slightly trimmed. No imprint. Circa 1860's.