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Lawrence, Kansas, Four CDVs of Civil War Officers and Civilians Incl. Edmund G. Ross

Lot of four CDVs, highlighted by a seated portrait of Edmund G. Ross. Dalee: Lawrence, KS.

Others include a seated portrait of an unidentified Union sergeant. Adams: Lawrence, KS; a seated portrait of an older bearded man wearing an interesting hat and fringed pants, identified as Francis E. Smith by pencil inscriptions on mount and verso. W.H. Lamon: Lawrence, KS; and a seated portrait of a young man wearing Union striped pants and holding a hat in his lap. Dalee: Lawrence, KS.

Edmund G. Ross (1826-1907) began his career working for a number of newspapers, including the Milwaukee Free Democrat and the Milwaukee Daily Sentinel in 1852. Reportage on the border-fueled disturbances in Kansas led Ross to move his family there in 1856, join the Free State Army, and switch his political allegiance from the Democratic to Republican Party. He quickly became an important part of his new community, representing it as a delegate to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention and ensuring widespread communication as founder of the Kansas State Record in 1859. Ross served in Company E of the 11th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War, and was called upon by Governor Crawford to fill General James Lane's seat in the US Senate after the late congressman committed suicide in 1866. In that role, Ross sealed his fate when he cast the deciding vote not to convict Andrew Johnson of high crimes and misdemeanors in pursuit of impeachment, despite enormous pressure from his party and constituents. Subsequently, Ross moved to New Mexico, becoming governor of the territory in 1885, serving a four year term in that capacity, and practicing law thereafter. Public opinion in Kansas eventually changed and Ross was celebrated for his courage, including in contemporary testimonials delivered to Ross by General Hugh Cameron in 1907, and in posthumous tributes such as John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. Ross died in May of 1907 and is buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Lawrence, Kansas was the target of Quantrill's Raid, one of the most horrific scenes of the Kansas border conflict between Free State supporters and Pro-Slavery forces. The incident took place on August 21, 1863 when over 400 Confederate guerrillas, led by Quantrill, rode into the Free-State town of Lawrence, burning structures and killing nearly 200 men and boys, including a reverend caught outside milking his cow. 

Condition:

CDVs with surface soil, light spotting, clipped corners, and wear to edges and corners. "Francis E. Smith" CDV with loss to corners, especially lower right corner and heavy toning/discoloration. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$938
06/26/2020

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