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Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-1861) [Glossy photocard of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03617.01 Author/Creator: Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-1861) Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document Date: circa 1861 Pagination: 1 p. ; 8.7 x 5.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Colored picture card of Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, wearing his uniform. Two crossed American flags grace the background along with two bayonetted rifles. Underneath the picture of Ellsworth is an image of a sword and olive branch crossing. Also underneath the picture is a quote attributed to Ellsworth after his death that stresses his martyrdom: "He who noteth even the fall of a sparrow will have some purpose even in the fate of one like me -- Ellsworth."

Background Information: Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, was commander of the 11th New York Infantry, a unit of Zouaves from the New York City Fire Department. He was ...killed on 24 May 1861, attempting to remove a Confederate flag from the Marshall House, a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. See More

People: Ellsworth, E. E. (Elmer Ephraim)., 1837-1861

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaDeathPropagandaPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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