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Union Army Officers

Artist
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Sitter
Philip Henry Sheridan, 6 Mar 1831 - 5 Aug 1888
Hy E. Davies Jr., 1836 - 1894
David McMurtrie Gregg, 10 Apr 1833 - 7 Aug 1916
Wesley Merritt, 16 Jun 1834 - 3 Dec 1910
Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, 1833 - 1880
James H. Wilson, 1837 - 1925
Date
1864
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 15.7 × 20.6 cm (6 3/16 × 8 1/8")
Mount: 24.5 × 29.5 cm (9 5/8 × 11 5/8")
Mat: 27.9 × 35.6 cm (11 × 14")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.83.214
Exhibition Label
In this 1864 photograph, Union cavalry General Philip Sheridan stands beside his headquarters’ flag in the company of his division officers. The exact location is unknown, but that fall he was making a name for himself as his army began winning control of Virginia’s verdant Shenandoah Valley. This was an indispensable breadbasket for the Confederacy, which Sheridan systematically put to the torch. His victory at Cedar Creek, near Winchester, in mid-October earned him lasting fame and provided an important win for the Lincoln administration, which was seeking political momentum on the eve of the presidential election.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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