Lot 132: Rare Signed CDV Photograph of E. D. Townsend, Adjutant General of the Union Army
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Rare Signed Photograph of E.D. Townsend, Adjutant General of the Union Army********** TOWNSEND, EDWARD D. (1817-1893). Union general who served as adjutant general of the United State Army during and after the Civil War. SP. (“E.D. Townsend”). 1p. CDV. N.p., N.d. A head-and-shoulders portrait of Townsend in Uniform by Brady. ********** After graduating from West Point, Townsend participated in the Second Seminole War and the subsequent relocation of the Cherokee Nation. After joining the Adjutant General’s Corps, the central bureau of the War Department, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and, later, adjutant general. During the Civil War, Townsend served as the highest ranking executive officer of the War Department, working alongside President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton. ********** After the war’s conclusion, Townsend undertook the compilation of all the war records for both sides and the department’s War of the Rebellion: Official Records quickly became an important resource for military historians. ********** Bearing the purple ink handstamp of the Brady Studio on the verso. Signed on the lower photographers mount. Some light wear and in very good condition. Uncommon in this format.