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    Collection of Nine Photographs of United States Military Leaders of Texas, circa 1849 through 1860. Each carte de visite measures 2" x 3.25" (sight). The collection, beginning at upper left, includes: General William J. Worth (1794-1849) sits in uniform, photographed by Mathew Brady shortly before his death of cholera while in command of the Department of Texas. [and:] General David E. Twiggs (1790-1862), commander of the Department of Texas during the secession crisis, sitting in uniform. His refusal to fire on Texas citizens led to his dismissal from Federal service by President Buchanan, whereby he joined to Confederate Army as its most senior general. [and:] General John E. Wool (1784-1869), a hand-colored image of Wool in uniform. During the Mexican War, Wool was active organizing troops in Texas for service in Mexico. [and:] General William S. Harney (1800-1889), bearded and wearing a frock coat, his right hand placed in the breast of his coat. Harney was a career officer who took over command of the Department of Texas upon the death of Gen. William Worth. [and:] General Albert Sydney Johnston (1803-1862), in uniform with upturned collar. Johnston was a veteran of the Texas Revolution, a brigadier general in the Texas Army (Republic period), a colonel in the 1st Texas Rifle Volunteers during the Mexican War, and a general in the Confederate Army, killed at the Battle of Shiloh. [and:] General William P. Hardeman (1816-1898), in uniform. Hardeman was a veteran of the Texas Revolution, participating in the Battles of Gonzales and San Jacinto, a member of the Texas Rangers, a member of Benjamin McCulloch's Ranger Company during the Mexican War, and a general in the Confederate Army. [and:] General Earl Van Dorn (1820-1863), vignetted portrait. Van Dorn was a member of the 7th U.S. Infantry stationed in Texas after annexation, fought in the Mexican War, and was, for a time, commander of the Confederate Department of Texas. [and:] General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870). At the time of this photograph, Lee was a brevet lieutenant colonel in the Corps of Engineers. From 1855 until early 1861, Lee served as second in command of the 2nd Cavalry stationed in Texas. [and:] General Edmund Kirby Smith (1824-1893), vignetted portrait of Kirby in uniform. After serving in the Mexican War, Smith was captain of the 2nd Cavalry fighting Indians on the frontier of Texas. Upon the secession of Texas, Smith refused to turn over Camp Colorado, but resigned his commission in the U.S. Army to join the rebels upon the secession of Florida, his home state. He was one of the last Confederate generals to surrender and did so June 2, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

    All of the photographs are in fine condition, mounted and framed to an overall size of 12.75" x 16.75".


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    September, 2013
    21st Saturday
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