Scarce carte de visite of William E. Merrill as captain, with Porter's Gallery, Cincinnati, OH backmark.
Merrill was a notable American soldier and engineer who graduated first in West Point Class of 1859. He was captured at Cheat Mountain in 1861; POW Richmond; an Engineer, Army of the Potomac, reaching rank of colonel; and Chief Engineer under General Sherman, 1867-1870. He published engineering volumes and noted for construction of Chanoine wicket moveable dam near Pittsburgh, PA.
Image has lightened a bit, few light spots. Mount corners rounded.
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