December 06, 2012 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


Daniel Boone's Nephew and Kentuckian, William Penn Boone, Half Plate Daguerreotype

Half plate daguerreotype of Colonel William Penn Baker Boone, Grandson of Samuel Boone (1728-1816), Revolutionary War soldier and eldest brother to the renowned Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone, from family estate. The historic image has exceptional presence with vibrant tinting against a painted studio backdrop. Unknown daguerreotypist. Housed in full case, separated at hinge.

William Penn Baker Boone (1813-1875), also listed as William Pennypacker Boone, was born in Harrison County, Indiana, to Samuel Boone, Jr., and Elizabeth Pennypacker. His grandfather, Samuel Boone, was a Revolutionary war patriot and the eldest brother of Daniel Boone. Samuel Boone has been identified as one of the original founders of Boone's Station, Kentucky. 

After William Penn Boone's father died in 1837, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, subsequently establishing a law partnership with Charles D. Pennypacker in 1840. At the start of the Civil War, Boone recruited and organized one of the early Union military units drawn up from Kentucky, the 28th Kentucky Infantry. He enlisted on November 6, 1861 as a Lieutenant Colonel and was commissioned into Field & Staff of the 28th Kentucky. In January 1862, Boone was promoted to Colonel, and in July, two companies under the Colonel were at Gallatin, Tennessee, and scattered at different points along the railroad, where 120 men, including Boone, were captured by General John H. Morgan. 

For a number of months, the regiment was on excessively hard duty as mounted infantry, moving from point to point in Tennessee and engaging in many skirmishes with the South. It served with Rosecrans' army in all its operations up to and including the battle of Chickamauga. After reenlisting in January 1864, Colonel Boone commanded a detachment consisting of the regiment, under Colonel J. Rowan Boone, his son, and the 4th Michigan, which made a reconnaissance from Rossville through McLemore's cove to Dug Gap, 25 miles south of Chattanooga. The next day, he crossed Pigeon Mountain, moved to Summerville, then toward Dalton, where he attacked and routed a force of the enemy, capturing prisoners, arms, and other property. 

The 28th Kentucky went on to participate in all of the battles of the Atlanta campaign, including the great charge at Kennesaw Mountain, where it played a leading role with the 40th Indiana. Injuries Colonel Boone received at Kennesaw Mountain required him to relinquish the command for a time to Major Barth, who went on to lead the regiment in the battle of Peachtree and other battles around Atlanta. Although Colonel Boone resigned in late June of 1864, his son, Colonel J. Rowan Boone, deployed his men with great skill, engaging in the campaign against Hood. The 28th participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville before proceeding to Hunstville, Alabama, then Texas, where it remained until December 1865. The 28th mustered out in January of 1866.

Research indicates that Colonel Boone experienced health issues from which he never fully recovered, probably as a result of his time in the war. He died in January of 1875 and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Condition:Light tarnish ring around perimeter of daguerreotype, where plate meets mat; housed in full case, which is separated at hinge; some wear to case. 

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000


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