Carte View of Brevet Brigadier General Embury Osband 4th Illinois Cavalry & 3rd USCT Cavalry

$150

Item No. CV38877 Category

Description

Vignette carte view of Union Brevet Brigadier General Embury Durfee Osband of Chicago, Illinois. Osband began the war a 1st Lieutenant in the Chicago Dragoons, the first Illinois troops into the field on April 21, 1861 just seven days after Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederacy. He soon took the position as Captain of Company A, 4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in September, 1861, which served as General Grant’s unit escort in the western theater of the war. In 1863, he was promoted Colonel with the duty of recruiting the 1st Mississippi Colored Cavalry, which became the 3rd Regiment U.S. Colored Cavalry. With the 3rd Cavalry he participated in the Mississippi campaigns and was assigned commander of the Cavalry Division of West Tennessee in February 1864. For leadership and devotion to duty, he was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on October 5, 1864. In 1865, he would resign his commission to take up cotton farming in Mississippi but would die of encephalitis the following October. This one has a very nice back mark by Barr & Young Army Photographers who worked out of Fort Pickering.

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