Extremely rare oversized 20x24 sepia albumen portrait photo of the Civil War General seated in uniform, taken in 1888 by famed photographer Napoleon Sarony of New York and inscribed to the wife of civil war officer Edmund Rice in 1890

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Extremely rare oversized 20x24 sepia albumen portrait photo of the Civil War General seated in uniform, taken in 1888 by famed photographer Napoleon Sarony of New York and inscribed to the wife of civil war officer Edmund Rice in 1890
Inscribed Photograph signed: "For Mrs. Col. E. Rice/Columbus Barracks Ohio/W. T. Sherman/General,/New York, Feb 8, 1890", Sepia 20x24. WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN (1820-1891), a West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, served as a corps commander under General U. S. Grant in successful Union campaigns down the Mississippi and in Tennessee, then took command of the western armies when Grant was reassigned to the Virginia theatre of war. His capture of Atlanta and subsequent "march to the sea" through Georgia, followed by a swift campaign north through the Carolinas to force the surrender of the last major Confederate army, are praised for their military skill but condemned to this day for their "scorched earth" approach to occupied territory. After the war, Sherman applied similarly harsh but effective methods in campaigns against Amerindian tribes of the Great Plains. As commanding general of the U. S. Army (1869-1883), he established the Command School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Sherman, who personally shunned politics ("If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve."), was the brother of U. S. Senator, Cabinet member and presidential candidate John Sherman. Sherman retired in 1884 and moved to New York in 1886, where he was much in demand as a speaker and dinner guest. In 1888, he sat for NAPOLEON SARONY (1821-1896), the City's undisputed king of celebrity photos. While Sarony profited greatly from cabinet-sized and carte-de-visite photos of prominent people, the extra effort and expense incurred in production of photos in the very large format offered here limited their use to "art" photograph and special orders made for presentations. EDMUND RICE (1842-1906) was a career army officer who served from the Civil War until 1903. He first saw action at Ball's Bluff and Yorktown and was present at larger engagements such as Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg (where he would receive the Medal of Honor for turning back Pickett's charge). In the later years of the war, he was wounded and taken prisoner after Spotsylvania, but escaped by cutting a hole in the wall of a freight car where he was being transported to prison. He returned to his unit, served out the rest of the war on the front lines, and was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. After the war, Rice invented several items for army use including the Rice Trowel Bayonet and the Rice Stacking Swivel. He was stationed out west and served during the Indian Wars, fighting the Ute, Sioux, and others, from Kansas to Montana. He was military envoy to England and Russia in the late 1870s and commanded the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment which saw action in Puerto Rico and Cuba during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars; Rice retired a brigadier general. Water damage along the right and top edge of board. Heavily worn with both corners missing from bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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