Portraits of Union Hero, Col. Elmer Ellsworth
Truesdell, Winfred Porter. CATALOG RAISONNE OF THE PORTRAITS OF COL. ELMER E. ELLSWORTH. With an Introductory Essay by Charles A. Ingraham. Champlain: The Print Connoisseur, 1927. xv, , 39 pages, plus color frontispiece and 25 full page plates. Original quarter black cloth over tan paper covered boards. [27 cm.] Spine faded and a little worn; covers soiled and sunned; wear to edges and corners with boards showing in places. Light foxing to endpapers and a little to edges. Interior is clean, although slightly toned. Good plus.
FIRST EDITION. Scarce. Presentation inscription by Ellsworth collector and probable descendent, Louis Ellsworth Laflin, Jr., on his inscribed card, laid-in. Contains Charles A. Ingraham's essay, "Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth; First Hero of the Civil War" (pp. 1-26).
The number of portraits made of Ellsworth is a testament to the immense fame he gained during his brief military career and as the first martyr of the Union cause. During the two years prior to the Civil War, Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth (1837-1861), a native of Malta, New York, won national celebrity for his touring company of Zouave cadets who drilled for enthralled audiences throughout the North. He was also a friend and protégé of Lincoln, who accompanied the president-elect on his journey from Springfield to Washington for the inauguration. In May 1861, Ellsworth mustered in the Fire Zouaves, a regiment of New York volunteers, and brought them to Washington to be trained. On May 24, 1861, he led his troops in one of the first Union forays onto enemy soil, crossing the Potomac to Alexandria, capturing the telegraph office, and personally removing the Confederate flag flying atop the Marshall House Inn. While doing so, Ellsworth was shot by the hotel's owner, becoming the first Union officer killed during the war. He was given a state funeral at the White House and his name became a rallying cry for Northern troops in the early days of the war.
The portraits in this volume are a reproduction of a selection of the Ellsworth images collected by Winfred Porter Truesdell, editor and publisher of the quarterly, "The Print Connoisseur." The originals included photographs, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, etc. Truesdell provides a foreword, which includes a list of the known photographs of Ellsworth, and a checklist of all 52 portraits in his collection (pp. 27-39).
Not in Dornbusch. Scarce.
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