Lot of 2. Includes one seated portrait of Brigadier General Alexander Webb posed holding a kepi in his lap. Brady: Washington, DC; and one bust portrait of Webb. Gardner: Washington, DC. Two-cent revenue stamp on verso.
Alexander S. Webb (1835-1911) had an impressive military genealogy, including a grandfather who was wounded at Bunker Hill and served on George Washington's staff during the Revolutionary War, which likely led to his early preparation for military service. He attended Colonel Churchill's Military School in Ossining before gaining entry into the United States Military Academy at West Point, from which he graduated in 1855 and went on to serve in the 4th US Artillery as a breveted second lieutenant. He fought the Florida Seminoles in 1856, and a year later returned to West Point as a mathematics instructor until the Civil War got underway. Webb helped to defend Fort Pickens, was present at the Battle of First Bull Run, and served under General William F. Barry, first as his aide-de-camp and then as assistant inspector general during the Peninsula Campaign. He was lauded a hero for assembling a line of artillery defense during the Battle of Malvern Hill, causing Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield to conclude that he saved the Union Army from destruction.
Webb received a promotion to lieutenant colonel before the Battle of Antietam, during which he served as chief of staff in Major General Fitz John Porter's V Corps. He was given temporary command of the second brigade of John Gibbon's division of Winfield Hancock's II Corps during the Battle of Chancellorsville, and thereafter received a promotion to brigadier general from President Lincoln on July 1, 1863. At Gettysburg, Webb defended Cemetery Hill and maintained the Union position against Pickett's Charge, enduring a thigh and groin injury in the process. He was again wounded at Spotsylvania, this time severely, and did not return to service until January of 1865. He ended his service in the Union Army as chief of staff to General George Meade, and was breveted a major general the following year.
Webb was assigned to the 44th US Infantry as a lieutenant colonel in 1866 and was honorably discharged from service in 1870. He served as president of City College of the City of New York for 33 years, during which period he also wrote a book about his Civil War experience titled, The Peninsula: McClellan's Campaign of 1862. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor in 1891 for gallantry at Gettysburg, and received the posthumous honor of interment at West Point upon his death in 1911. Two statues of Webb stand to proclaim his legacy still today, one at Gettysburg Battlefield, and the other at the City College of New York.
CDVs with surface soil and spotting and light wear to edges and corners. Gardner carte with pencil inscriptions along upper edge of verso.
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