Col. Elmer Ellsworth: Rare Tintype Image of Lincoln's Frie...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionCol. Elmer Ellsworth: Rare Tintype Image of Lincoln's Friend and the First Federal Officer Killed in the Civil War. He was shot by a Virginian citizen on May 24, 1861, in Alexandria while, at the behest of Lincoln, tearing down a Confederate flag displayed from the Marshall House Inn. Enemy territory was just across the Potomac from the capital, and it grated on the president that the flag could be seen from the Executive Mansion. This scarce standing pose in his new uniform was doubtless taken just days before his death. Excellent condition, in presumably original embossed simulated leather case. 1.75" x 2.125".
From the Collection of David and Janice Frent
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