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    General and Mrs. James B. Ricketts Carte de Visite Signed by both on the verso, "James B. Ricketts/ Brig. Genl." and "Fanny Ricketts". In this 2.5" x 4" image, the general is in uniform lovingly facing his well-dressed wife. This Union couple embodied the suffering of the Civil War and the noble sacrifices which resulted. A veteran of the Mexican War and Seminole War, James Ricketts (1817-1887) participated in the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. Following the battle, news of his death, along with his sword and final words, were delivered to Fanny. Two days later, after learning that he was still alive on the battlefield, she left their home in Washington and risked her life to travel through enemy territory to find him. After a harrowing journey, she finally found him, wounded in three places and near death, in a field hospital still on the Bull Run battlefield. She stayed with him there for several weeks until they were sent, with other wounded Union soldiers, to Richmond. While there, Ricketts was sentenced to the notorious Libby Prison where he was confined, still very ill, for several weeks. Fanny, who was allowed to continue caring for him in the prison, campaigned for his release. He was finally released and sent to Fairfax to recover. By the spring of 1862, Ricketts was promoted to brigadier-general and given a new assignment, only to be wounded again at Antietam and later, at Cedar Creek. "Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries" is stamped on the verso below the two signatures. Very good.

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    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
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