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Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Chicago Albumen Works  Search this
Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, 11 Apr 1837 - 24 May 1861  Search this
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 8.8 × 6 cm (3 7/16 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 15.1 × 12.5 cm (5 15/16 × 4 15/16")
Mat: 35.6 × 27.9 cm (14 × 11")
c. 1860-1870 (printed later)
Exhibition Label:
Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth was a promising young Union officer in the spring of 1861 as the divided nation readied for civil war. Born in Malta, New York, on April 11, 1837, Ellsworth had aspirations of becoming a professional soldier from an early age. Although his education was meager and disqualified him from attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, he carried with him his dream of a military calling as he moved to New York City and then to Chicago in pursuit of a worthy vocation. He dabbled in the reading of law while studying military science in his leisure time. He became fascinated with the French Zouaves, who recently had earned a reputation for bravery in the Crimean War, and in 1859 he seized the opportunity to become the commandant of the United States Zouave Cadets.
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Artist's Effects  Search this
Equipment\Walking stick\Cane  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie  Search this
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Costume\Outerwear\Cape  Search this
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Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth: Male  Search this
Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth: Military\Army\Soldier  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
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