Sixth plate tintype of General John Murray Corse (1835-1893), who joined the 6th Iowa Infantry in July 1861 as a major. He fought in the Siege of Corinth in 1862 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He was promoted again on August 11, 1863 and was given the rank of brigadier general in recognition for his service at the Siege of Vicksburg.
Corse tends to be best known for the role he played in the Battle of Allatoona in October of 1864. Corse took 2,000 of his men to secure Allatoona Pass to prevent Confederate troops from severing Union communications. The small group of Union soldiers held their position until General Sherman arrived with reinforcements. Unfortunately, during the fighting, Corse lost a cheekbone and an ear, yet resumed his front-line combat duties.
Corse later took part in Sherman's March to the Sea and the Siege of Savannah. After the war he was appointed brevet major general for his Allatoona service.
Descended in the Corse family until sold to present owner.
Case separated at spine
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