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Benjamin McCulloch, Two Albumen Prints by Marks, Austin, Texas, Ca 1860

Lot of 2 retouched albumen studio views of Benjamin McCulloch in formal dress, the first 7 x 8.75 in., on 10 x 12 in. mount, the second 5.5 x 7.75 in., on 8 x 10 in. mount, each with H.R. Marks, Photographer, Austin, Texas imprint. Each mount with penciled date of about 1860

Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862) was a Tennessee-born Texas settler who fought in American battles far and wide. He accompanied his neighbor Davy Crockett to Texas in 1834, but arrived at the Alamo after the battle due to a case of measles. McCulloch then joined the Texas Army under Sam Houston, another former neighbor, and skillfully commanded one of the "Twin Sisters" cannons at the Battle of San Jacinto, earning a promotion to first lieutenant and a sizable land bounty. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1839, he spent the next several years defending himself and other settlers from Indians and Mexicans, until being appointed a major by General Zachary Taylor at the outbreak of the Mexican War. Jefferson Davis personally appointed him a colonel before the start of the Civil War, and McCulloch commanded an under-supplied force to victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, before he was killed at the front line while commanding forces at Pea Ridge in 1862.

Provenance:Descended Directly in the Family of Henry E. McCulloch, Brother to Benjamin McCulloch

Condition:

Even toning to each print. Larger print with some surface mottling, scattered spotting on mount, edge and corner wear to mount, including bumped, chipped corners. Smaller print has lightened a bit, some light spotting on mount, edge and corner wear to mount, including bumped corners, few chips along perimeter. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,920
11/18/2016

 

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