Classic Fall 2006
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This Matthew Brady photo pictures Union General Ulysses S. Grant with two of his staff. All three men are posed under a large tent's canopied awning. (Grant is captured in the act of reviewing a map upon his lap.) While we cannot be certain, there is a chance that the man in the center is Lt. Colonel Orville E. Porter (Grant's aide-de-camp during the final two years of the war). The man seated opposite Grant looks like John Aaron Rawlins, a long-time friend of Grant's who served on his staff throughout the war and later served as Secretary of War during Grant's presidency. However, one of those two other men may just as well be Colonel Bowers, another key member of Grant's staff and the man to whom Brady inscribed this photo, "To Col. Bowers - with compliments - of - M. B. Brady." The inscription is all in pencil, still legible but faint and assessing at the "5" level of strength; two other names are pencilled below Brady's, but these are not distinct enough to be read with assurance. This writing appears upon the back of the large original mounting board for the 3-15/16" x 2-13/16" photo. The board is missing one corner and displays two large cracks that are both far from the photo. One of these cracks runs through the Colonel's last name without affecting its legibility. The board's reverse also displays soiling and artist's paint brush strokes (as though someone was cleaning a brush in four or five strokes), but the inscription and signature are untouched by the paint. Both the front of the board and the photo itself are soiled, but the central area of the photo containing the images of the three men remains clean and largely unaffected. The item is now matted and framed in a way that allows for viewing of both sides.
Original Matthew Brady Civil War Photo of General U.S. Grant Inscribed on the Back by Brady!
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