December 06, 2012 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


General John C. Tidball, Group of Three Autographed CDVs

John C. Tidball (1825-1906).  Lot of three cartes de visite by H.W. Vaughan of San Francisco (two of the same pose), each signed on verso Jno. C Tidball / U.S. Army / 1866.

Tidball, from eastern Ohio, received a nomination to West Point and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation in 1848.  His early career was eventful, serving in the Seminole Wars, an exploratory expedition in California, and as part of the forces ordered to suppress John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry. 

During the Civil War he was given commands in the U.S. Horse Artillery Brigade, New York's volunteer artillery, II Corps during the Overland Campaign, and IX Corps during the Appomattox Campaign. He even served a stint as Commandant of West Point.  All in all, he was awarded with five brevets to major general and was personally commended by President Lincoln for his actions with the Horse Artillery Brigade at Gettysburg.

Postwar, General Tidball served as Commander of the Department of Alaska, commandant of the artillery school at Fort Monroe, and as a member of Sherman's staff when he was General of the Army, among other assignments.

Interestingly, when looking up the photographer H.W. Vaughan in order to determine where these photographs were made, we found that his studio was jointly operated with a Scott Tidball ca 1866-1868.  We could not further identify him but it is quite possible the general was making a visit to his brother or other relative when he had these portraits taken.

Condition:Very good condition.  CDVs with crisp corners and edges, signatures bold and clear.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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