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||CDV of Colonel Charles Albright of Pa. "During the American Civil War,
Albright served in the Union Army as major of the 132nd Pennsylvania
Infantry. Honorably mustered out with his regiment and the rank of colonel on
May 24, 1863; he was recommissioned as colonel of the Thirty-fourth
Pennsylvania Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign on July 3, 1863, and
honorably mustered out again on August 10, 1863. About a year later, on
September 4, 1864; he was recommissioned as colonel of the 202nd
Pennsylvania Infantry. On March 7, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln
nominated Albright to the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, U.S.
Volunteers, to rank from March 7, 1865 and the U.S. Senate confirmed the
award on March 10, 1865. Albright was honorably mustered out August 3,
1865." gutenkunst Philly bm.
||Rare view of Confederate General Dabney Maury by Anderson of New
Orleans. "When the Civil War began, Maury was the Assistant Adjutant
General in the New Mexico Territory, based in Santa Fe. Hearing the news of
the firing on Fort Sumter, he resigned from the United States Army and
travelled back to Virginia. He entered the Confederate Army as a colonel,
serving as an Adjutant General, then was Chief of Staff under General Earl
Van Dorn. Following the Battle of Pea Ridge, he was promoted to the rank of
brigadier general and assigned to field command. Maury led a division at the
Second Battle of Corinth, and was appointed major general in November
1862. He participated in army operations around Vicksburg, Mississippi, and
in the defense of Mobile, Alabama. In the latter military campaign, Maury
commanded the Department of the Gulf."
||.CDV of Colonel/General John F Ballier 98th Pa Vols. "Born in Aurich, county of
Vaihingen, in what was then the Kingdom of Württemberg. Trained as a baker; in 1838 emigrated with
his wife to the United States. Settled in Philadelphia and established a bakery; joined the militia as a
member of the Washington Light Infantry Company, with which he saw battle in Mexico in 1846-1847.
Retired from the baking business in 1852, and served as Captain of the night-watch in the Philadelphia
Mint from 1852 to 1861. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, formed the 21st Regiment of
Pennsylvania Volunteers for 3 months' service, holding the rank of Colonel. When, at the expiration of
that term, he was ordered to recruit a regiment for 3 years' service, he organized the 98th Regiment of
Pennsylvania Volunteers. Fighting with the 98th in the Battle of Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C., 12 July
1864, he was wounded for the second time in the war and was visited afterwards by President Lincoln,
who conferred upon him the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. Returned permanently to Philadelphia in
December 1865, and purchased a hotel at 4th Street and Fairmount Avenue. Subsequently served as
Day Inspector of the Philadelphia Custom House, 1866-1867; as City Commissioner, 1867-1870; and as
Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, from 1869 until his retirement in
1876. Ballier was a co-founder of the Canstatter Volksfest-Verein in 1873; and a member of charitable
institutions including the German Hospital, and the German Society of Pennsylvania."
||Excellent view of a Union Musician holding his fife and wearing a sword.
Period id on verso B'Alamain 91 Baltimore St.
||CDV of Colonel Eliakim Sherrill of the 126th NYVI killed at Gettysburg while
fighting against Pickett's Charge. BM by Vail Ny Scarce
||Autographed view of General Ambrose Burnside in an early war pose by
||Scarce CDV of Colonel William Sackett and wife, commanded the 9th NY
Cavalry 11/61-6/64 when he was killed at Trevillian Station VA. Commanded
Regiment at Gettysburg and fought against Stuart's men on July 3rd.
||Rare Vannerson and Jones View of KIA Confederate General James B
Gordon killed while commanding the Confederate Cavalry around Richmond
at Meadow Bridge. Shortly after the death of Jeb Stuart.
||CDV of Confederate General John Bell Hood with a scarce backmark of
Giers and Co Nashville Tn. Great Period inscription on front and back of
image about Hood commanding Army of the Tennessee. 3oo
||Scarce Union General George Gordon of Mass. "When the Civil War erupted in 1861,
Gordon organized and became colonel of the 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The
regiment served guarding the upper Potomac River and Frederick, Maryland, and in the spring of 1862,
Gordon served under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, unsuccessfully opposing Maj. Gen. Stonewall
Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley. Gordon was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on June
12, 1862, to rank from June 9, 1862. Gordon commanded a brigade in XII Corps, Army of the
Potomac, at the Battle of Antietam, becoming acting division commander when Brig. Gen. Alpheus S.
Williams became acting corps commander. He also took command of 1st Division, XI Corps, following
the Battle of Gettysburg and was transferred with it to the Department of the South. There he
commanded troops on Folly Island, South Carolina. Starting in November 1864, Gordon served in the
Department of Virginia. He commanded the Eastern District of that department from February 1865
until he left the army. Gordon served in the army until August 24, 1865. On January 13, 1866,
President Andrew Johnson nominated Gordon for the award of the honorary grade of brevet major
general, United States Volunteers, to rank from April 9, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award
on March 12, 1866."
||Scarce CDV of Confederate General John Gregg, "John Gregg (September
28, 1828 – October 7, 1864) was an American judge, politician, and general
in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was killed
in action during the Siege of Petersburg." Vannerson and Jones view and
rarely seen. 9oo
||Ultra-sharp 1/6 Plate TT of a Union Corporal wearing a hardee hat. with his
arm resting on a Union Flag and Bible on the table. gilting to belt and
infantry horn on hat. Scan does not do it justice since its much better than
shown. Comes in a separated half case. What a tough looking Iron Brigade
soldier would look like.
||Quarter Plate TT of Union Cavalryman on his horse. Rarely seen. Slight
waives to plate on right and mark on left. Comes in a seperated half case
which is partially damaged.
||Extremely sharp 1/6 plate Ruby Ambrotype of a Union Major or Colonel.
Very sharp and rarely seen at this rank. Comes in a half Case.
||Unframed Oval albumen from CG Giers photographer in Nashville's estate of
Union General Robert Granger. "Granger was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He graduated from
the United States Military Academy, placing 28th in the class of 1838. Granger became a first
lieutenant of infantry in 1839. He served as an officer in the Seminole War, and was assistant instructor
of tactics at West Point in 1843–44. During the Mexican–American War, Granger was promoted to
captain on September 8, 1847. When the war ended, he was assigned to a series of posts on the Texas
frontier. With the outbreak of the Civil War and the secession of Texas in early 1861, he was captured
with Major Sibley's command on April 27. He was paroled with the stipulation that he not serve in the
field again until August 1862, when he was formally exchanged. During this period, he was promoted
to major on September 9, 1861, and organized an infantry brigade at Mansfield, Ohio. He was the
commandant of the troops at Louisville, Kentucky. On September 1, 1862, following his exchange, he
was commissioned brigadier general of Kentucky volunteers, and commanded the Kentucky state
troops. He saw action in a series of small engagements—Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction, and
Lawrenceburg, for which he was brevetted as a colonel in the Regular Army. He received his
commission as brigadier general of U. S. volunteers on October 20, 1862, and commanded a division.
In 1863, he returned to administrative duty, commanding the Districts of Nashville and Middle
Tennessee. In early 1864, he superintended the defenses and organized the depot at Nashville. He was
then assigned to the command of the District of Northern Alabama, and was engaged in the capture of
General Roddy's camp, in the expulsion of Joseph Wheeler from middle Tennessee, and in the defense
against Nathan Bedford Forrest's raid. In October 1864, he defended Decatur, Alabama against John B.
Hood's army, made a sortie on the Confederate siege-works, and received the brevet of brigadier
general in the Regular Army for these services. He commanded in northern Alabama in 1865 during
the occupation. He was brevetted major general in the Regular Army for his services during the war and
was promoted lieutenant colonel on June 12, 1865 and colonel on August 16, 1871. Granger was
placed on the retired list January 1, 1873."
||Another image from the estate of Giers, Oval Albumen of Union General
Lovell Rousseau. "As the Civil War was becoming more and more likely, Rousseau decided in
favor of maintaining state government in Kentucky and helped keep it from seceding from the Union.
He resigned from his seat in the senate in June 1861 and applied for a commission to raise volunteers.
Against the opposition of many prominent figures in Kentucky, he succeeded in raising two regiments
composed entirely of Kentuckians at Camp Joe Holt, across the Ohio River from Louisville in
Jeffersonville, Indiana. They were known as the Louisville Legion. With the help of a battalion of the
Louisville Home Guard, the regiments saved Louisville from being captured by Confederate troops. He
was appointed colonel of the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Regiment in September 1861 and was later
promoted to brigadier general of Volunteers attached to the army of General Ormsby M. Mitchel. Later,
Rousseau was once again promoted to major general of Volunteers. He served valiantly at the Battles
of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, during the Tullahoma Campaign and movements around
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Although from November 1863 until his resignation in November 1865,
Rousseau had command of Nashville, Tennessee, he had also, on Sherman's orders, carried out a very
successful raid on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad in July 1864."
||Albumen of General Gordon Granger by Giers. "When the Civil War started, Granger
was on sick leave. He was temporarily assigned to the staff of General George B. McClellan in Ohio.
After recovering, he transferred back to the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen where he was promoted to
captain in May 1861. As an adjutant of General Samuel D. Sturgis he saw action at the Battle of Dug
Springs and observed the Union defeat at Wilson's Creek in August 1861 in Missouri, serving as a staff
officer to General Nathaniel Lyon. Granger was cited for gallantry at Wilson's Creek, became a brevet
major and was made a commander of the St. Louis Arsenal. In November 1861, Granger assumed
command of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry Regiment at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, becoming a colonel
of volunteers. One of the Union veterans wrote in a memoir that Granger's "military genius soon
asserted itself by many severe lessons to the volunteer officers and men of this regiment. He brought
them up to the full standard of regulars within a period of three months," and "though a gruff appearing
man, had succeeded in winning the respect of his regiment by his strict attention to all the details of
making a well disciplined body of soldiers out of a mass of awkward men from every walk of life." In
February 1862, on the orders of General John Pope, the 2nd Michigan proceeded from St. Louis to
Commerce, Missouri, where Pope assembled near 20,000 Union troops for an advance on New Madrid,
Missouri. Granger assumed command over the Third Cavalry Brigade consisting of the 2nd and the 3rd
Michigan cavalry regiments. After the 7th Illinois joined the brigade, it was reorganized into a cavalry
On March 26, 1862, Granger was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers and commanded the
Cavalry Division, Army of the Mississippi during the Battle of New Madrid and the Siege of Corinth. He
was promoted to major general of volunteers on September 17, 1862, and took command of the Army
of Kentucky. He conducted cavalry operations in central Tennessee before his command was merged
into the Army of the Cumberland, becoming the Reserve Corps. Granger is most famous for his actions
commanding the Reserve Corps at the Battle of Chickamauga. There on September 20, 1863, the
second day of the battle, he reinforced, without orders, Major General George H. Thomas' XIV Corps on
Snodgrass Hill by ordering James B. Steedman to send two brigades under his command to help
Thomas. This action staved off the Confederate attackers until dark, permitting the Federal forces to
retreat in good order and thus helping Thomas to earn the sobriquet "Rock of Chickamauga". After the
battle, Granger wrote in his report, "being well convinced, judging from the sound of battle, that the
enemy were pushing him [Thomas], and fearing that would not be able to resist their combined attack,
I determined to go to his assistance at once."
||Ultra-rare Large Albumen of US and Confederate General David Twiggs.
"David Emanuel Twiggs (February 14, 1790 – July 15, 1862) was a United States soldier during the War
of 1812 and Mexican-American War and a general of the Confederate States Army during the
American Civil War. He was the oldest Confederate general in the Civil War. Twiggs volunteered for
service as a captain in the War of 1812 and subsequently served in the Seminole Wars. In 1828, he
arrived in Wisconsin to establish a fort, at the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers. With three
companies of the First Infantry, they built Fort Winnebago around what has come to be known as Fort
Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters at Portage, Wisconsin. This was a base of operation during the Black
Hawk War. He became Colonel of the 2nd U.S. Dragoons in 1836 and served in the Seminole Wars in
Florida, where he earned the nickname "Bengal Tiger" for his fierce temper. He also decided to act
offensively against the Seminoles rather than wait for them to strike first. During the Mexican-American
War, he led a brigade in the Army of Occupation at the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.
He was promoted to brigadier general in 1846 and commanded a division at the Battle of Monterrey.
He joined Winfield Scott's expedition, commanding its 2nd Division of Regulars and led the division in
all the battles from Veracruz through Mexico City. He was wounded during the assault on Chapultepec.
After the fall of Mexico City, he was appointed military governor of Veracruz. Brigadier General Twiggs
was awarded a ceremonial sword by the Congress on March 2, 1847. (The sword was taken when New
Orleans was captured in 1862 and returned to the Twiggs family in 1889.) He was an original member
of the Aztec Club of 1847 - a military society of officers who had served in the Mexican War. After the
Mexican-American War, Twiggs was appointed brevet major general and commanded the U.S. Army's
Department of Texas. He was in this command when the Civil War broke out. He was one of four
general officers in the US Army in 1861 along with Winfield Scott, John Wool, and William Harney. As
there was no mandatory retirement at this time, all four men were over the age of 60 and three had
served in the War of 1812, half a century earlier. Twiggs's command included about 20% of the Army
guarding the Mexican border. As the states began to secede, he met with a trio of Confederate
commissioners, including Philip N. Luckett and Samuel A. Maverick, and surrendered his entire
command, which included the Federal Arsenal at the Alamo, and all other federal installations,
property, and soldiers in Texas, to the Confederacy. Along with him went 20 military installations, 44
cannons, 400 pistols, 1,900 muskets, 500 wagons, and 950 horses, valued at a total of $1.6 million. He
insisted that all Federals retain personal arms and sidearms, and all artillery as well as flags and
standards. Already, shortly after the secession of South Carolina in December 1860, Twiggs had written
a letter to Winfield Scott proclaiming that Georgia was his home and he would follow the state if she
should leave the Union. David Twiggs was subsequently dismissed from the U.S. Army on March 1,
1861 for “treachery to the flag of his country,”  and accepted a commission as a major general from
the Confederate States on May 22, 1861. He was assigned to command the Confederate Department of
Louisiana (comprising that state along with the southern half of Mississippi and Alabama), but he was
past the age of 70 and in poor health, thus he resigned his commission before assuming any active
duty. He was succeeded by Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell in the command of New Orleans. and retired
on October 11, 1861.