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Colonel Samuel Ross 20th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

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Beautiful carte view of Colonel Samuel Ross of the 20th Connecticut Infantry. A veteran of the Mexican War, Ross would be commissioned a captain of the 14th United States Regular Infantry in May of 1861. The following September, he was tabbed to serve as the Colonel and commander of the 20th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Ross would be wounded during the regiments first engagement at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. Two months later they would be engaged Gettysburg, taking a number of casualties, but the remainder of the year would be spent guarding railroads. The following year, the colonel would lead the regiment though the Atlanta Campaign, Siege of Atlanta and Grant’s March to the Sea. They would also take part in the Carolina’s Campaign of 1865 and witness the surrender of Johnson’s Army. Ross would be brevetted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers on April 13, 1865 for “gallant and meritorious services in the campaign against Atlanta, Ga”. He remained in the Regular Army after the end of the conflict, and retired in 1875 with the rank of Colonel. From 1869 to 1871 he had served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Washington. This is an exceptional view of the colonel dressed in his double breasted frock. Across the front bottom in period ink reads “Santa Fe New Mexico”. Back marked out of New York by Bogardus.

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