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Grant and His Generals

Artist
Ole Peter Hansen Balling, 13 Apr 1823 - 1 May 1906
Sitter
Thomas Casimer Devin, 10 Dec 1822 - 4 Apr 1878
George Armstrong Custer, 5 Dec 1839 - 25 Jun 1876
Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, 14 Jan 1836 - 2 Dec 1881
William Hemsley Emory, 7 Sep 1811 - 1 Dec 1887
Philip Henry Sheridan, 6 Mar 1831 - 5 Aug 1888
James Birdseye McPherson, 14 Nov 1828 - 22 Jul 1864
George Crook, 8 Sep 1830 - 21 Mar 1890
Wesley Merritt, 16 Jun 1834 - 3 Dec 1910
George Henry Thomas, 31 Jul 1816 - 28 Mar 1870
Gouverneur Kemble Warren, 8 Jan 1830 - 8 Aug 1882
George Gordon Meade, 31 Dec 1815 - 6 Nov 1872
John Grubb Parke, 22 Sep 1827 - 16 Dec 1900
William Tecumseh Sherman, 8 Feb 1820 - 14 Feb 1891
John Alexander Logan, 9 Feb 1826 - 26 Dec 1886
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Ambrose Everett Burnside, 23 May 1824 - 13 Sep 1881
Joseph Hooker, 13 Nov 1814 - 31 Oct 1879
Winfield Scott Hancock, 14 Feb 1824 - 9 Feb 1886
John Aaron Rawlins, 13 Feb 1831 - 6 Sep 1869
Edward Otho Cresap Ord, 18 Oct 1818 - 22 Jul 1883
Francis Preston Blair, Jr., 19 Feb 1821 - 9 Jul 1875
Alfred Howe Terry, 10 Nov 1827 - 16 Dec 1890
Henry Warner Slocum, 24 Sep 1827 - 14 Apr 1894
Jefferson Columbus Davis, 2 Mar 1828 - 30 Nov 1879
Oliver Otis Howard, 8 Nov 1830 - 26 Oct 1909
John McAllister Schofield, 29 Sep 1831 - 4 Mar 1906
Joseph Anthony Mower, 22 Aug 1827 - 6 Jan 1870
Date
1865
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
304.8cm x 487.7cm (120" x 192"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Harry Newton Blue in memory of her husband Harry Newton Blue (1893-1925), who served as an officer of the Regular U.S. Army 1917-1925
Object number
NPG.66.37
Exhibition Label
Left to right: Thomas C. Devin (1822-1878), George A. Custer (1839-1876), Hugh J. Kilpatrick (1836-1881), William H. Emory (1811-1887), Philip H. Sheridan (1831-1888), James B. McPherson (1828-1864), George Crook (1830-1890), Wesley Merritt (1834-1910), George H. Thomas (1816-1870), Gouverneur Kemble Warren (1830-1882), George G. Meade (1815-1872), John G. Parke (1827-1900), William T. Sherman (1820-1891), John A. Logan (1826-1886), Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), Ambrose E. Burnside (1824-1881), Joseph Hooker (1814-1879), Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886), John A. Rawlins (1831-1869), Edward O. C. Ord (1818-1883), Francis Preston Blair (1821-1875), Alfred H. Terry (1827-1890), Henry W. Slocum (1827-1894), Jefferson C. Davis (1828-1879), Oliver O. Howard (1830-1909), John M. Schofield (1831-1906), Joseph A. Mower (1827-1870)
After the Norwegian artist Ole Peter Hansen Balling had sketched President Lincoln at the White House in the fall of 1864, he obtained permission to paint life portraits of leading Union generals. Balling joined General Grant at City Point, Virginia, during the campaign against Richmond and spent five weeks there sketching officers in the field. Philip H. Sheridan was painted while in the Shenandoah Valley; the portraits of William T. Sherman and George H. Thomas were done in Washington after the end of the war. The image of George A. Custer, second from the left, is thought to be the only life portrait painted of him.
Provenance
(Margaret Garber Blue [Mrs. Harry Newton Blue], Washington, d. 1979); gift 1966 to NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 121