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Posted 5 years ago


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MG William Shafter is best known as the Army Commander of troops during the Spanish American War.

He was a career Army officer rising to the Bevet rank of BG during the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroics at the Battle of Fair Oaks. He fought in many campaigns in the Indian Wars.

This image shows Shafter at the time of the Spanish American War (1898).

Reproduction of these images in any form is prohibited.



  1. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    Nice image and back stamp. - Rob
  2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks rob. I picked up a large grouping of SAW era images-- most by Prince.

    I think I got about 20 duplicates of this card!

  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking david!

  4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
    One of the things I find interesting about the portrait is the facial expression ... borderline pensive yet there seems to pain or regret. Shafter probably saw a lot ugliness in the war and he's definitely expressing himself. And you have ~20 copies of the portrait ... amazing.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    It is an interesting expression.

    He had 40 years of service in numerous conflicts-- sadly, most today have never heard of him.


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