Col. Elmer Ellsworth 16th Plate Abbot Tintype

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Col. Ellsworth Abbot Tintype in sixteenth-plate union case by Littlefield, Parsons & Co. (Berg 3-457, Geometric). No paper behind the Abbot tintype. 

Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth (April 11, 1837 – May 24, 1861) was a law clerk and United States Army soldier, best known as the first conspicuous casualty[1] and the first Union officer killed[2] in the American Civil War.[3] Before his death, as tension built up toward the war, he had been the leader of a famous touring military drill team known as the “Fire Zouaves” and was a close personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. He was killed while removing a Confederate flag from the roof of the Marshall House Inn of Alexandria, Virginia, at Lincoln’s behest, as the flag had been visible from the White House as a defiant sign of the growing rebellion.

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