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General William S. Rosecrans

William S. Rosecrans
"W.S. Rosecrans. Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., ca. 1862. Ca. 12 1/2 x 9 1/2. Lithograph by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Very good condition.

From the early days of the war, Cincinnati printmakers Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began to issue a series of portraits of Civil War figures: politicians as well as military and naval officers. They included this striking image of Rosecrans, mounted on a black horse and leading him men into battle. $275
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Brig.-General Wm. S. Rosecrans. From Prang's Officers of our Union Army and Navy. Their Lives, Their Portraits. Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1862. Lithograph Ca. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2. Very good condition. Denver.

A rare portrait of Rosecrans from an unusual series of small portraits of Union officers issued early in the Civil War by Louis Prang from Boston, better known for his later chromolithographs. The title page says that this was "Vol. 1" and Prang talks in the preface about future volumes, requesting officers to send him photographs and biographies, but this was the only volume issued. Based on a photograph, this portrait comes with a short biography, which Prang says was supplied either by the subject himself or "their intimate acquaintances and person friends." $45
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