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    The Earliest Known Photograph of Gen. George Crook, Philip H. Sheridan and Lt. John Nugen C. 1850. All three entered West Point in 1848 and this image is an exceptionally well done salt print copy, C. 1856-58, of doubtless a daguerreotype, taken of the three friends while still at West Point, as Sheridan is wearing his West Point cadet coatee. It is unknown if the original daguerreotype still exists. 8" X 10" overall and printed as an oval vignette on the mount rather than being separately affixed to the mount. Period ink ID at the bottom. The corners are neatly and intentionally clipped. This is one of only a handful of these images known to exist and is a pristine example. Lt. Nugen graduated in 1852, as did Crook and Sheridan and served with the Regular US Infantry until his death in 1857. The illustrious subsequent careers of Gen. George R. Crook and Gen. Philip H. Sheridan require no explanation here, with both going on to considerable fame during both the Civil and Indian Wars periods with Sheridan ending his career as Commander and Chief of the Army from 1883 to 1888 upon his death. An extremely rare photograph.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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