Major General Robert Anderson, Signature Written During Siege of Fort Sumter, Plus CDV
Anderson, Robert (1805-1871). Civil War Brigadier General, Brevet Major General. Signature as Major, USA, 3.25 x 3 in., "Fort Sumter SC." March 1, 1861. Written during the Siege at Fort Sumter. Framed together with a CDV of Anderson as brigadier general, photographer's mark not visible. Overall, 10.5 x 14.75 in.
Although he was a pro-slavery, former slave owner from Kentucky, Anderson refused to betray the Union and defended Fort Sumter from the attacking Confederate forces until defeat was imminent. For this he was considered a national hero, and personally awarded his brigadier general's star by President Lincoln on May 15, 1861. After being assigned commander of the Department of Kentucky and helping to hold his native Bluegrass State in the Union, Anderson retired in 1863 suffering from mental illness exacerbated by depression. He symbolically hoisted the national colors over the remains of Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, and died in France in 1871.
Few folds in signed page, including horizontal fold that runs through the second "n" in "Anderson." CDV in very good to near excellent condition. Signature and CDV not examined outside of frame.