Generals Rosecrans & Sheridan, Albumen Photograph
Albumen photograph, 8 x 5.5 in., captioned on 9.5 x 7.75 in. mount, "Generals Rosecrans & Sheridan." Lacking a photographer's imprint. Presumably taken at camp in Tennessee in the summer of 1863. Standing from the left, the figures include an unidentified captain, Capt. Charles R. Thompson, and Dr. David J. Griffiths, and seated, from left, are Lt. Col. Calvin Goddard, Major General W. S. Rosecrans, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, and Brig. Gen. George Henry Thomas.
Gen. William S. Rosecrans (1819-1898) was a deeply pious and driven man who, before his military career, seemed to succeed at any task sent before him. His peers admired his sense of duty and honor but his superiors disliked his abruptness and stubbornness. He was indecisive on the battlefield and often refused orders. He was passed over for promotions due to his own decisions and a tense rivalry between he and Ulysses S. Grant.
Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan (1831-1888) worked closely with Rosecrans. Rosecrans was so impressed with Sheridan, he promoted him to brigadier general. Thomas Buchanan Read's popular poem, "Sheridan's Ride," and Sheridan's destruction of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, called “The Burning” made him a wildly popular war hero. He was responsible for several decisive victories that helped Lincoln win his second term and stopped Gen. Lee from delivering some severe blows in pivotal battles.
Image retains very good tonality; darker area of toning along lower left corner and bottom edge of mount, with some light spotting on mount as well.