1862 Large Format Civil War Photo 10th Rhode Island Staff Officers Moa Recipient
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1862 Large Format Civil War Photo 10th Rhode Island Staff Officers Moa Recipient:
Very rare and simply fantastic, original, 1862, large format Civil War Albumen Photograph of the Staff Officers of the 10th Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry including Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Zenas Randall Bliss. This is among the largest and perhaps THE most beautiful Civil War Albumen Photograph of Regimental Staff Officers we have ever encountered - it is striking in both content and execution - a stunningly beautiful display piece.
This outstanding and very rare Photograph measures approx. 12â€� by 10 1/2â€� and is mounted on its original, square corner, light weight photographerâ€™s card mount (overall size of the card mount is 19 1/2â€� by 15 1/2â€�). The Officers in the Photo are identified in period manuscript on the card mount below the image along with text in the same hand that reads "10th Regt. R.I.V.".
Pictured are the Staff Officers of the 10th Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry including the Commanding Officer Colonel Zenas Randall Bliss (MOA - for valor in the face of heavy enemy fire at the Battle of Fredericksburg) ; Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw Jr.; Staff Officer Major Jacob Babbitt (KIA - died of wounds sustained at the Battle of Fredericksburg); Adjutant John Fry Tobey; and Quarter Master James H. Armington. All of the officers are dressed in 3/4 length frock coats and the portrait is a stunning one.
While the 10th R.I. was an early 90 day Regiment that was stationed at the Military District of Washing D.C. seeing limited action, most of the Officers pictured here remained in service when the 10th was mustered out and served in other Rhode Island Regiments during the Civil War. Of special interest is the Commanding Officer of the 10th R.I., Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and later Regular Army General Zenas Bliss (please see below for a synopsis of the amazing military career of Colonel - later General - Bliss).
This exceptionally rare and exceptionally beautiful, original 1861, large format, Civil War, Card Mount Albumen Photo is in excellent to near mint condition. Both the Photograph and the Card Mount are clean and crisp and very well preserved with no physical damage or wear of any kind. The Photograph itself exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. We cannot overstate how beautiful and striking this large Staff Portrait is when viewed in hand - we guarantee that the winning buyer will be simply "blown away" when they receive it!!
A very rare and original, 1862, large format Civil War Albumen Photograph of the Staff Officers of the 10th Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry including Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Zenas Randall Bliss and a fantastic addition to any collection!!
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A Bit about the Life and Service of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Zenas Randall Bliss:
Zenas Randall Bliss (April 17, 1835 â€“ January 2, 1900) was an officer and general in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He formed the first unit of Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts, and his detailed memoirs chronicled life on the Texas frontier. Bliss was a native of Rhode Island and graduated from West Point in 1854. He served most of his thirty-seven-year career on the Texas frontier, and served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. During the Civil War he was captured by Confederate forces and held as a prisoner of war. Bliss received the Medal of Honor for his actions while leading his regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Bliss was born in Johnston, Rhode Island to an upper-middle-class family. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in July 1850 when he was only fifteen years old. He graduated from West Point in 1854 and served the next six years in Texas. He was stationed at Fort Davis and Fort Quitman, but his first assignment was as a brevet second lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Infantry regiment. He was promoted to the full rank of second lieutenant in the 8th U.S. Infantry on March 3, 1855 and subsequently promoted to first lieutenant on October 17, 1860. Following the outbreak of war, he was promoted to captain on May 14, 1861.
When the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861 Bliss immediately saw action. He was captured by Confederate forces and spent eleven months as a prisoner of war, first in San Antonio, Texas, and later in Richmond, Virginia. He was finally exchanged and sent back to Union lines where he subsequently took command of the Tenth Rhode Island Infantry. He received a commission in the volunteer army as a colonel in May 1862. Bliss assumed command of the Seventh Rhode Island Infantry on August 21, 1862. In October 1862 the Seventh Rhode Island joined the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, Army of the Potomac. The regiment saw action in December 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg, during which Bliss performed actions that earned him the Medal of Honor several decades later. When IX Corps was sent West, it participated in the Siege of Vicksburg. The Seventh served under Major General William T. Sherman in the capture of Jackson, Mississippi. In April 1864 the Seventh rejoined the Army of the Potomac. Bliss became commander of the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps. His brigade fought in the Battle of the Wilderness. Bliss was badly injured by a horse at Spotsylvania, but he returned to lead his brigade in the Siege of Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater. The court of inquiry following the fiasco at the Crater censured Bliss, but he remained on duty.
During the Civil War, Bliss received a brevet (honorary promotion) to major dated December 13, 1862, for "gallantry and meritorious service" in the Battle of Fredericksburg. He was later breveted to lieutenant colonel on May 7, 1864, for "gallantry and meritorious service" in the Battle of the Wilderness. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on December 3, 1898, for valor during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Ris Medal of Honor citation reads: "Rank and organization: Colonel, Seventh Rhode Island Infantry. / Place and date: At Fredericksburg, VA., 13 Dec 1862. / This officer, to encourage his regiment; which had never before been in action, and which had been ordered to lie down to protect itself from the enemy's fire, arose to his feet, advanced in front of the line, and himself fired several shots at the enemy at short range, being fully exposed to their fire at the time."
Bliss remained in the Regular Army after the Civil War and was promoted to major of the 30th Infantry Regiment (a unit with black soldiers and white officers) on August 6, 1867. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 19th Infantry on March 4, 1879, and to colonel of the 24th Infantry on April 20, 1886. Bliss was promoted to brigadier general in the Regular Army April 24, 1895, and to major general on May 14, 1897. He retired from the Army eight days later on May 22. Including his four years at West Point, Bliss had served 46 years, 10 months and 22 days in uniform when he retired
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