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Texas Ranger, Mexican War Major, and Confederate General Benjamin McCulloch, Salt Print, Ca 1859-1861

Benjamin McCulloch (1811-1862) was a Tennessee-born Texas settler who fought in American battles far and wide. He accompanied his neighbor Davy Crockett to Texas in 1834, but arrived at the Alamo after the battle due to a case of measles. McCulloch then joined the Texas Army under Sam Houston, another former neighbor, and skillfully commanded one of the "Twin Sisters" cannons at the Battle of San Jacinto, earning a promotion to first lieutenant and a sizable land bounty. Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1839, he spent the next several years defending himself and other settlers from Indians and Mexicans, until being appointed a major by General Zachary Taylor at the outbreak of the Mexican War. Jefferson Davis personally appointed him a colonel before the start of the Civil War, and McCulloch commanded an under-supplied force to victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, before he was killed at the front line while commanding forces at Pea Ridge in 1862.

Salt print, 6 x 8 in., on trimmed mount, 7.25 x 9.25 in. Studio portrait featuring Benjamin McCulloch wearing a formal coat and cravat, seated, holding a cane, with a top hat resting on the table beside him. Although unmarked, the portrait resembles a studio view taken by Charles D. Fredricks & Co. of New York, ca 1859-1861. 

Provenance:Descended Directly in the Family of Henry E. McCulloch, Brother to Benjamin McCulloch

Condition:

Even toning to print, mount trimmed, with some light scattered spotting. Penciled identification on mount verso. 

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,680
11/18/2016

 

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