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FRANCIS P. BLAIR JR., CIVIL WAR GENERAL, VICE-PRESIDENT CANDIDATE, LAWYER

$1,100.00

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Francis Preston Blair Jr. (1821-75) Rare Signed Civil War Photo, "Francis P. Blair, Jr., Major Genl. vol.", 2.25 x 4, a C. D. Fredrick & Co. Carte de Visite showing him in uniform, by the American jurist, politician and soldier. He represented Missouri in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was active in preventing the state of Missouri from being absorbed into the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1862, Blair joined the Missouri volunteers, being promoted major general, commanded a division under General Grant at Vicksburg (1863) and a corps under Sherman, took part in Sherman's March to the Sea (1864-65) and ended the war as a corps commander. After Lincoln's assassination, Blair, who had spent all of his personal fortune to support the war effort but who favored a gradual approach to emancipation, and readmission of the southern states under lenient conditions, rejoined the Democratic Party. In 1868, he was Horatio Seymour's vice-presidential candidate, but his dramatic speeches about the dangers of black emancipation were believed by some to have cost the Democrats the election. Blair is one of two Missourians enshrined in the Hall of Statuary of the U.S. Capitol.  This extremely rare signed Civil War carte de visite is in fine condition, some age toning and clipped corners. 

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