CDV vignetted portrait of Robert Parrot (1804-1877). F. Wheeler: Cold Spring, NY, n.d. Imprint on verso. Recto pencil inscribed: "Robt. Parrott / of Parrott Gun / Fame." Additional verso pencil inscription: " Robt. Parrott owner / of West Point / Foundry."
Parrott attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in the Class of 1824. Upon graduation, he served as a second lieutenant with the 3rd US Artillery while also working as an instructor at West Point. In 1836, he resigned from the army and became the superintendent of the West Point Iron and Cannon Foundry in Cold Spring, NY, where this image was taken. He invented the Parrott rifle, an innovative muzzle-loading rifled artillery weapon made with a combination of cast and wrought iron. It was manufactured in different sizes from a 10-pounder up to 300-pounder. First produced in 1860, Parrott guns were used extensively in the Civil War on both sides.
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