1860's Civil War General Joseph S Smith Cdv Photo Medal Of Honor Recipient For SaleVery rare and original, 1860's Albumen Civil War Composite CDV Photograph being a Testimonial Award to accompany a Watch and Chain awarded to Union Major General and Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph Sewell Smith including a rare photo portrait of Smith. This fantastic and very rare, Civil War period, CDV photo measures approx. 2 1/2" x 4" (including the original, square cornered card mount).
The CDV features a small portrait of General Joseph S. Smith surrounded by text in various and elaborate fonts that creates a composition with presents the look of an Award Certificate. The text reads in part "A Meeting of the Employees of The United States Public Store / 55 Broadway in New York / Was held at the Store. / The Following Resolutions Were Unanimously Adopted. / Resolved That We the Employees In U.S. Public Store Do Present To Major General Joseph S. Smith a Store Keeper as a token of our esteem and appreciation of him as a (?) Officer and as an acknowledgement of the (?) justice and kindness we have (?) at his hands...”. The card is blank backed and but carries the mark of the photographer - M. Ormsbee of New York City - on the mount below the image.
Brigadier General Joseph Sewell Smith was born in Wiscasset, Maine, on November 27, 1836. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Civil War at Hatchers Run, Virginia, on October 27, 1863. At the time, he was serving as a Lieutenant Colonel of Subsistence, II Corps. The Citation reads as follows: “Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel and Commissary of Subsistence, 2d Army Corps. Place and date: At Hatchers Run, Va., 27 October 1864. Entered service at: Maine. Birth: Wiscasset, Maine. Citation: Led a part of a brigade, saved 2 pieces of artillery, captured a Flag, and secured a number of prisoners”.
We have been unable to locate any period Photographs of General Smith and, although the photograph included in this CDV is quite small, we believe it represents an exceptionally rare portrait of this Uniuon General and Medal of Honor Recipient.
This rare, original Composite, Albumen CDV Photograph is in very good condition - both the Image and the card mount are clean and crisp and very attractive. The Photo itself exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich tonality. Some of the lettering is so small that it is difficult to tread but overall the Image is a fascinating one and deserving of further research.
A very rare and fascinating, 1860’s Composite, CDV Photograph being a Testimonial Award to accompany a Watch and Chain awarded to Union Major General and Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph Sewell Smith and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
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