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    George B. McClellan 1/9th Plate Ambrotype in Case. A larger-than-life figure to be sure, "Little Mac" was one of the most celebrated and controversial generals during and after the Civil War. His conciliatory attitude towards the South did not earn him many fans during Reconstruction, and his reputation in many circles has suffered over the past 100 years. However, most serious Civil War scholars believe that he is criticized more for his personality and opinions than his military tactics and field action. Apart from this, McClellan was an instrumental man and officer in the Union effort, and this lot features a gorgeous ambrotype of the man himself! This very choice photograph displays McClellan in his Union blues; the double-breasted frock coat, always a constant with Little Mac, is all we can see in this bust shot. His iconic mustache and pensive glance are present! The delicate ambrotype is housed in a brass frame with a patriotic motif embossed on it, as well as the phrase "The Union Now And Forever". Implements of war and American flags drape this monumental general's portrait. The ambro and frame have been placed in a leatherette case with a satin lining. The photograph itself is in very fine condition; light sickness on the front glass (could be easily cleaned); no major scratches or blemishes; frame is lightly tarnished in areas of low relief. The case is also in very fine condition; light rubbing of the leather in corners and edge; hinges and clasp still functional.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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