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Ulysses S. Grant, Albumen Photograph, by H. F. Warren

U.S. Grant Photograph by H.F. Warren


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U.S. Grant albumen boudoir cabinet card photograph; taken by Lincoln photographer, H.F. Warren.

Taken 14 days prior to his taking Petersburg and Richmond and 20 days before he accepts Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.

Unusually, Grant looks full-on into the camera, and seems to be manifesting great determination, but it was perhaps also tinged with worry as to General William T. Sherman’s whereabouts, who had been out of touch since earlier that month during his March to the Sea. It wasn’t until the following day (March 16th) that he finally established direct communication with Sherman.

Nine days earlier, Warren had visited the Executive Mansion to take Tad Lincoln’s photograph, whom Warren used to get to his dad! Two images of the President were taken on the balcony, where wind and sun were in his eyes, not to mention being upset with Warren for using such tactics to get to him.

Part of our Illinois Bicentennial blog.

Grant, Ulysses S. Albumen Photograph, being a bust view in uniform. “U. S. Grant, Lt.-General, U.S. A. / Photographed in the field, March 15, 1865.” Imprinted: “H. F. Warren, Waltham, Mass.” 5-7/8 x 8-1/8 inches (albumen); 8-1/8 x 10-7/8 inches (printed mount).