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RR Auctions U. S. Grant Signed Carte-de-Visite Bust Portrait

RR Auctions US GrantOriginal crystal-clear 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Grant in his dress uniform, by J. Gurney and Son of New York, signed in the lower border in black ink, “U. S. Grant, Lt. Gen. U. S. A.” Also printed in the lower border is “Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1866, by J. Gurney & Son in the Clerk’s Office of the U. S. for the Southern District of New York.” In very good condition, with a crease to top left corner tip, scattered soiling to image and border, a few spots to image, and soiling to reverse. An exceptional portrait of Grant, who, at the time of the photo, was regarded as the most popular man in the country. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in U.S. Grant


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RR Auctions U.S. Grant Ink signature

Ink signature, “U. S. Grant,” on an off-white 3 x 1 card. Matted and framed, with two portraits of Grant in uniform, to an overall size of 17 x 13. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in U.S. Grant


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RR Auctions U.S. Grant Letter

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                     General Grant prepares for his second campaign to take Vicksburg


War-dated ALS signed “U. S. Grant Maj. Gen,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, April 21, 1863. Letter to Colonel Reynolds. In full: “The Qr. Mr. Sgt. of the 29th Ill. Vols. ordered to report to you for duty yesterday can be made very useful by aiding in superintending the building of the store sheds at the mouth of the Canal and as Shipping Clerk & c. From such store sheds through the canal.” Intersecting folds, small separation to top of one fold, uniform block of toning over text from previous display, some mild dampstaining, and small tear to left edge, otherwise very good condition.

In 1863, Vicksburg was the only Confederate stronghold left on the Mississippi. If the town fell, the Union would have control of the river and split the Confederacy in two. In April 1863, Grant launched his second campaign to take Vicksburg, considered his greatest achievement during the war. His letter to Colonel Charles A. Reynolds refers to an earlier project, Grant’s Canal, a unfinished man-made waterway on the Mississippi across from Vicksburg. Its purpose was to circumvent the confederate guns in the town and ideally change the river’s course. Grant set his men to work on the canal in January of 1863, but abandoned the project in March after a dam gave way and the canal prematurely flooded. Days before he wrote this letter, he had successfully moved the bulk of his army down the west side of the Mississippi and ferried them to the eastern banks, laying the groundwork for the Siege of Vicksburg. The 29th Illinois Volunteers would serve with distinction during the siege. An historically significant letter penned at a decisive moment in Grant’s military career.

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in U.S. Grant


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