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    Thomas E. G. Ransom Lock of Hair with Two Cartes de Visite and Related Provenance. A good sized lock of hair, about 2" in length in the shape of a ringlet tied with string; housed in a folded slip of paper on which is written "Hair / Gen Ransom / to be returned to Mr. Schwabe." The lock is accompanied by handwritten description of Ransom: "About Height 5 feet 10 ins./ Weight 150 lbs. / Age 29 Years, / Color of Hair thick or thin - thin same as enclosed / Color of eyes, Brown, thoughtful..." His general appearance is described as "Manly and Soldierly appearance singularly engaging manners." A handwritten extract identified as being from his sister's letter describes his hair as "quite light the enclosed lock is about the shade of his."

    Together with 2 cartes de visite of Ransom, each measuring approximately 2.5" x 4.25". In the first, Ransom is posed standing in his uniform and has a backstamp from the studio of Charles D. Fredericks & Co. In the second image, Ransom is posed standing dressed in civilian clothes next to general John A. McClernand; with a backstamp from Brand's studio in Chicago. All pieces were stored in a period cover identified as follows: "Hair Photographs and Descriptions of the late Maj. Gen. Ransom."

    Ransom enlisted on April 26, 1861 as a Captain and mustered into E Company, 11th Illinois Infantry. Shortly thereafter he was commissioned into Field and Staff of the regiment. He was promoted Brigadier General by brevet on September 1, 1864. He was wounded four times in battle, the third time suffering a severe head wound during the Battle of Shiloh. His wounds suffered at the Battle of Sabine Cross Roads (April 4, 1864) were so severe he was evacuated to Chicago. Soon returning to his regiment in October 1864, he fell ill with dysentery but refused to leave the field until too weak to stay on his horse. He would never regain his health, and would die on October 29, 1864.

    Condition: Both images have gentle wear and light soiling to the mounts, with clean albumens retaining great detail. Envelope is open at all ends, with heavy soiling and wear. All remaining documents are gently toned, with flattened folds.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    11th Thursday
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