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Colonel Elmer Ellsworth & His Avenger, Francis Brownell, CDVs

Lot of 2 cdvs, including an anonymous print of Elmer Ellsworth's portrait and signature, and a full length portrait of Francis Brownell, published by Anthony from an 1862 Brady negative.

Elmer E. Ellsworth (1837-1861), of course, was the Lincoln campaign aide who became the first conspicuous casualty of the Civil War.  When President Lincoln spotted a large Confederate flag flying over Alexandria just days after Virginia's secession, Colonel Ellsworth led his personally raised Fire Zouaves (the 11th New York Regt.) across the state line in order to rectify the disgrace.  While descending the staircase of Alexandria's Marshall House Inn with the flag in hand, Ellsworth was killed with a shotgun blast fired by innkeeper James W. Jackson, who was then promptly shot and killed by Brownell.  Francis E. Brownell (1840-1894)  was rewarded with the Medal of Honor and a commission in the regular army but, more importantly, the sensational story of he and Ellsworth became a rallying call for thousands of patriotic Northerners who would enlist in the following months.

Condition:Both with light soiling and minor corner wear.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$646
06/21/2012

 

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