Civil War General Wesley Merritt, Pair of CDVs

Lot of 2 CDVs of Wesley Merritt (1834-1910), photographed at different stages in his distinguished military career. Vignetted, bust length portrait shows Merritt as captain, concurrent with his assignment in 1862 as an aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Cook, Commander of the Cavalry Department during the Peninsula Campaign. Also with a seated view by John Golding & Co., Washington, DC, showing Merritt as general with his arm draped over the back of a chair.

Merritt graduated  from the U.S. Military Academy in 1860 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons, assigned to service in Utah. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he was recalled to Washington, DC. Early accomplishments include commanding the reserve cavalry during General George Stoneman’s raid on Chancellorsville, leading the Reserve Brigade at Gettysburg under John Buford, and famously dueling with Rooney Lee, Robert E. Lee's middle son. Merritt was promoted to brigadier general and assumed command of the 1st Division of the Cavalry Corps, participating in the Overland Campaign of 1864. That fall, he was transferred to the Shenandoah Valley to assist General Philip Sheridan in his efforts to repress Confederate forces led by Jubal Early. After the Civil War, Merritt remained in the military, serving in the Late Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War. He was appointed military governor of the Philippines for nearly two years before retiring from the army in 1900. 


Overall toning and surface soiling. Goldin carte with more pronounce soil/staining to upper right corner and with scattered spotting on mount verso.

Estimate: $500 - $700
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