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    Charles Foote Archive Relating to the Death of Elmer Ellsworth. A small group including a flag remnant, images and documents belonging to 1st Lieutenant Charles E. Foote, which relate to the occupation of Alexandria. Charles Foote enlisted as a private on April 20, 1861 and was mustered into Co. H of the 1st Michigan Infantry. On May 23, 1861, the 1st MI, under the leadership of Orlando B. Wilcox, joined with Colonel Ellsworth's 11th New York Regiment to converge upon Alexandria. The two Union forces occupied the city, driving out the small Rebel forces and capturing Robert E. Lee's Arlington estate. Colonel Ellsworth spotted a Confederate flag hanging from an inn called the Marshall House and in the process of removing the flag, the inn's proprietor, James W. Jackson, shot and killed him. Ellsworth was only 24 when he died and was the first Union officer to be killed in the Civil War. The group belonging to Foote includes the following:

    Marshall House Business Card with Flag Remnant. 3.5" x 2.25", Alexandria, Virginia; May 24, 1861. A business card from the Marshall House, listing James W. Jackson as the proprietor. Pinned to the card is a 1.25" x 0.75" piece of red cloth that claims to be taken from the Confederate flag that Ellsworth died removing. Written on the card in pencil reads, " A piece of rebel flag is pinned to this card & sent home by Charles at the time of Ellsworth death at this Marshall house." On verso is written in pencil, "We have taken possession of this home & here is where we get our meals. But we quarter in a splendid building in another place." The business card is accompanied by an envelope labelled, "A piece of rebel flag at the house of Ellsworth's death."

    Marshall House Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", with a paper label on verso from Brady's Album Gallery. A street view of the Marshall House, with a small group of people standing in front and a covered carriage in the foreground. The printed label on the reverse reads in part, "No. 280. Marshall House, Alexandria, Va. Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1862, by M.B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia."

    Charles E. Foote Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", with no imprint on verso. An oval bust portrait of a young Foote, dressed in civilian clothes. On verso has been written in pencil, "C. E. Foote Age 18." It appears that a paper stamp had been present on verso but has been removed.

    Charles E. Foote Cabinet Card. 6.75" x 9.75", with no imprint. A three quarter standing portrait of an older Foote in a studio setting. Foote is seen dressed in a dark, three-piece suit and is holding his hat in his left hand with his coat draped across his arm. On verso has been written in ink, "Grandfather Foote - L.A. / coal, furnace etc business."

    Charles Foote Monthly Return at Chattanooga. Eight pages, 8" x 9.75", Chattanooga, Tennessee; March 1865. No. 51, a Monthly Return of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage, compiled by "2d Lt Chas E Foote. 22nd Mich Vol Inf commanding Detachment 98 22d Michigan Inf Vols during the month of March 1865." On verso has been signed, "I certify that this return exhibits a true account of all Clothing Camp and Garrison Equipage that has come into my possession on account of the Quarter Masters Department during the Month of March 1865. Post Office Address Chattanooga Tenn. Chas E. Foote 2d Lt. Comdg Detach 98 22d Mich."

    Foote mustered out of the 1st Michigan on August 7, 1861 and mustered into 22nd Michigan one week later. He was wounded at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863, but continued to serve until the end of the war. After the war, he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan and died on September 17, 1907. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Varying degrees of toning throughout all items. The cartes de visite and cabinet card have some wear and soiling at the edges and corners. The portrait of a young Foote has some light foxing. Flattened folds and soiling on the monthly return document. The business card has some minor wear and soiling at the corners, with some light smudging to the pencil writing. The fragment of the flag is slightly frayed. Overall good.


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