Photograph taken in Corinth, Mississippi
(1826-1906) Born in Scotland, he was captain of a militia company called the "Chicago Highland Guards" before the Civil War. On May 3, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 12th Illinois Infantry. From the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson in February 1862, until the end of the war, the tall, brawny Scotsman, compiled a combat record second to none. Promoted to brigadier general in March 1862, he saw action at Shiloh, Iuka, Corinth, and the Vicksburg campaign, and was commander of the city itself until Aug. 1864. At that time he was ordered to join Sherman before Atlanta. In Nov. 1864, he went to Nashville, and the following month, his 4,000 men rolled up John Bell Hood's left on the first day of battle. Thereafter he served under E.R.S. Canby in the campaign which concluded the war.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: Armstead & White, Corinth, Miss. Corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Light edge wear. Scattered staining. Rare.