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Posted 11 months ago

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This very desirable Civil War carte de visite (cdv) depicts an early war Union hero.

Francis Brownell was in the 11th NY Fire Zouaves and wears their early war uniform. The Regiment was commanded by 24 year old Colonel Elmer Ellsworth.

When the Regiment occupied Alexandria, Ellsworth cut down a Confederate Flag that was flying on the roof of the Marshall House Inn. The Flag was visible at the White House and it is believed that President Lincoln directed it's removal.

As Ellsworth was descending stairs with the flag, he was shot and killed by James Jackson, the owner of the inn. Brownell immediately killed Mr. Jackson.

For his actions, Brownell became a celebrated soldier and was given a Regular Army Commission. After the War, Brownell was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Images of both Ellsworth and Brownell were popularly collected in the era.

This particular view is very desirable. The image was photographed by Brady and shows Brownell standing over the Confederate banner.

Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.


  1. Signaholic Signaholic, 11 months ago
    Well you don't get to see many Civil War images of a soldier standing on the Confederate flag.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks sign-- it is a well published image, but original War era examples are hard to come by and bring big $$.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks much racer and bobby.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks gate, jlmam and fort.

  5. antiquerose antiquerose, 11 months ago
    Wow, this is GREAT!! History captured !!
  6. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks rose-- appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  7. antiquerose antiquerose, 11 months ago
    It is so Great...Just made me realize just HOW much info pictures capture !!
  8. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    1,000 words!

    Thanks again rose-- I really like this image too. Some image really seem to capture a moment in time.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Rose-- here is an image that really speaks to me (not a soldier):

  10. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks farm and pw.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks much scott.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 11 months ago
    Thanks much fran!

  13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 10 months ago
    This is very special. Nice find for you! And more info we (I) didn't know!!!
  14. scottvez scottvez, 10 months ago
    Thanks passion-- appreciate you looking and commenting!

  15. scottvez scottvez, 10 months ago
    Thanks much cultcha!


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