Rare Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Major General Carl Schurtz


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Extremely rare sixth plate ambrotype of German immigrant, Major General Carl Schurz. A former German revolutionary, he would immigrant to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848 – 1849 and become a prominent member of the Republican Party. A close confidant of President Lincoln when war came, he longed for a military appointment. Instead Lincoln offered him a position as minister to Spain which he reluctantly accepted. Prior to his departure for Spain, he was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel by Lincoln and headed to New York by special order to raise the 1st New York Volunteer Cavalry. Following the success of raising the regiment he would leave for Spain to serve in his role as minister. While there he would be successful in dissuading Spain from siding with the south. Despite his success in Spain he longed for a military appointment and after about 6 months in Spain he would return to the states. Lincoln would finally concede and give Schurz a commission in the Union Army serving as brigadier general of Union volunteers in April, 1862. He would command a corps and take part in the Second Battle of Bull Run. Promoted to major general in 1863, he would lead a division in the XI Corps during both the battle of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Following Gettysburg, Schurz would be deployed to Tennessee where he would participate in the Battle of Chattanooga before being put in command of the Corps of Instruction at Nashville. Near the final months of the war he would briefly see action once again with Sherman’s Army in North Carolina serving as chief of staff with Henry Slocum’s Army of Georgia. When war ended, Schurz would resign from the army. Following the close of the war he was sent by President Andrew Johnson to tour the south to study conditions following the war. He would go on to have quite the career in both politics and journalism. Schurz would eventually pass in 1906 and is buried in the Sleepy Hallow Cemetery located in Sleepy Hallow, New York. This one does come housed in a very nice full patriotic thermoplastic case. Very rare image of a very accomplished Union general.

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