At Gettysburg his 130 guns pounded General George E. Pickett's advancing Confederate columns as they attempted to storm Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863
(1831-74) A nephew of Union General Daniel Tyler, he graduated from West Point in 1853, and joined the artillery branch of the service. In 1861 he was a spectator at the bombardment of Fort Sumter being a member of the expedition that was sent to relieve the fort. He later saw yeoman service in McClellan's 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, in the battle of Fredericksburg he commanded the artillery of Hooker's "Center Grand Division," and he was in charge of the Artillery Reserve at Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg his 130 guns pounded George E. Pickett's advancing Confederate columns as they attempted to storm Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863. Tyler commanded a brigade of Gibbon's division, 2nd corps at Spotsylvania, and at Cold Harbor he was cited for great gallantry and was struck in the ankle by a ball which not only lamed him permanently but brought about his death a decade later. By the end of the war Tyler was a major general in the Regular Army.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of colonel. Period ink ID on the front mount, R.O. Tyler, Col. 1st C.V.A. [Connecticut Volunteer Artillery]. Backmark: R.W. Addis, Photographer, 308 Penna. Ave., Washington, D.C. Corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Age toning and light staining. Scarce early war view.