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Brigadier General Robert Anderson

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Item No. CV5887MF Category


Very nice carte view of Brigadier General Robert Anderson. The general is most widely recognized for his role in defending Fort Sumter during the wars first military engagement in April 1861. The Confederates bombarded the fort and forced its surrender to start the war. After Sumter fell, Anderson was promoted to brigadier general and given command of Union forces in Kentucky, but was removed late in 1861 and reassigned to Rhode Island, before retiring from military service in 1863. This view depicts Anderson wearing a dark colored double breasted frock coat, white shirt, cravat and great coat with trefoil cuff braid. This view of Anderson was originally taken by Brady and you can see Brady’s name which was engraved on the original plate to the lower left. This example is uniquely back marked 3 times. Once by Brady, another by Anthony and again by Roos & Wunderlich of San Francisco who apparently pirated the view from Anthony and resold it.

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