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    Great Civil War Period Half Plate Ambrotype Portrait of Five West Point Cadets, including Cadet Captain, and future Major General, Ranald Slidell Mackenzie. The cadets are posed with two young men in civilian clothes. Early soft emulsion ambrotype, exceptional quality with just a touch of "bluing" around the edge, the stripes on Mackenzie's coatee tinted gilt. The image is accompanied by a typewritten paper tag that identifies and places Mackenzie in the image. Mackenzie graduated from West Point on June 17, 1862, at the head of his class. He was promptly commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in the Army of the Potomac and within two years had fought in eight major battles, and had been promoted to Colonel. In the final stages of the war he commanded troops in five battles and by Appomattox had been promoted to Major General. In three years of war Mackenzie had received seven brevets, including for action at Gettysburg, and had been wounded six times. Interestingly Mackenzie's uncle was John Slidell, the Confederate Minister to France, and his sister was married to Commodore Matthew C. Perry. After the war, Mackenzie was continuously engaged against hostile Indians in the American west, and was promoted to Brigadier General in the regular army on October 26, 1882, retiring in 1884. The image is obviously deserving of considerable further research as, in addition to Mackenzie , the other four Cadets can doubtless be identified from the West Point yearbooks. Housed in the original geometric/scroll leather case, hinge split, else perfect. An historic Civil War image depicting a gallant American officer and future General at the beginning of his career, along with four other future American officers of yet to be determined importance.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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