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Carte View Colonel Herman Liab of Illinois


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Very nice carte view of Colonel Herman Liab. A former Swiss immigrant, he would settle in Decatur, Illinois before mustering as a private with Company B of the 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry in late April, 1861. That July the regiment would be reorganized and Herman would be elected captain of the regiment. October of 1862 would see him promoted to major. While serving at the head of the regiment he would lead the men of the 8th Illinois into action at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth. Following Corinth he would be discharged for a promotion to colonel of the 9th Louisiana Regiment of African Descent. Taking part in the Vicksburg Campaign, Liab would be placed in command of the post at Milken’s Bend along the Mississippi River. On June 7th, 1863, Liab and his men would clash with Confederate General Henry McCulloch which would result in a victory for Federal forces despite Herman being wounded during the exchange. Following the battle the regiment would be redesignated the 5th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery. For the remainder of 1863 the regiment would perform garrison duty in the vicinity of Vicksburg before Herman was given command of all artillery forces in Vicksburg. In March of 1865, Liab would be promoted to brevet brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers. His eventual discharge would come the following year in March, 1866. Very nice view of Liab sporting a pair of spectacles and wearing his colonels shoulder boards. This view dates to his time serving in Vicksburg, There is no signature on this card but I have included and an identical view that is signed for comparison. Back marked out of Vicksburg. Very nice view.

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