a vignette view by “Black & Case, Boston” with pencil identification on verso. A practicing Attorney William Cogswell joined the 2nd Massachusetts as Captain of Company C. in May 1861 and would shape the regiment’s valiant reputation with Bank’s army in the Valley, at Cedar Mountain and Antietam before rising to command after Chancellorsville where he was wounded. Among the early wartime brevets Cogswell won his star in December 1864 and served until mustering out in July 1865. Postwar, General Cogswell held numerous offices in the GAR and died in Washington, D.C. in 1895.
Condition: A bit light, else VG