Outdoor Albumen Photograph of Gen. Samuel W. Crawford in Virginia



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Featured here is a 6 x 8 in. albumen print on a 9 x 11 in. mount with a gilt oval border on verso and the imprint of S.L. Bergstresser, 3rd Div., 5th Corps, A.P. It shows General Samuel Crawford and his staff outdoors in Virginia.  There is water staining along all margins but the image is still very good. A nice frame would go nice with this, obscuring the outer water staining. This image is quite possibly unpublished and very historical.

Samuel W. Crawford (1829-1892) was originally a regular army surgeon who distinguished himself in line command throughout the Civil War. He was promoted Brigadier General in April 1862, was severely wounded at Antietam, and led the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps down the northern slope of Little Round Top and across Plum Run Valley into the charging Confederates of Major General Lafayette McLaws’ Division in the Wheatfield, for which he was commended for his effectiveness and brevetted to regular Colonel. Crawford received the first of two volunteer brevet major general’s promotions in August 1864 for “conspicuous gallantry” during the bloody attritional fighting undertaken by Grant that summer. In March 1865, Crawford added a pair of regular brevets (brigadier general and major general) and retired from the army in 1873.

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