Otto Botticher (Prussian, ca 1811-1886), Sherman at Savannah, GA, hand colored lithograph, 27 x 17 in. (sight), matted to 31 x 20.75 in. Sarony, Major & Knapp, ca 1865. Group portrait shows General William Tecumseh Sherman at the conclusion of his legendary March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah, November 15-December 21, 1864, surrounded by the Union officers who supported him, as identified below. At right additional officers review federal troops with the city skyline visible in the distance. Printed below the image in facsimile is Sherman’s famous letter to President Lincoln presenting him with Savannah “as a Christmas gift…and also about 25,000 bags of cotton.”
A painter and graphic artist, Botticher immigrated to the United States in 1848 and opened a portrait and lithography studio in New York. With previous military experience in the Prussian Army, Botticher enlisted as a captain early on in the Civil War. He was commissioned into the 68th New York Infantry on August 14, 1861 and served with Companies G and B. On March 29, 1862, Botticher was captured and imprisoned in North Carolina for six months before his exchange at Aiken's Landing, Virginia on September 21, 1862. He was later promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, Botticher printed several of his war-time sketches, including a scene of Union prisoners playing baseball captured during his detention at Salisbury, NC.
Minor areas of staining/discoloration. Colors bright and clear. Not removed from mat for inspection.
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