PAIR OF PHOTOS FROM THE FUNERAL OF GENERAL WILLIAM S. ROSECRANS

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These two photos are of General Rosecrans’ funeral procession in front of the cathedral in Los Angeles. The Desert News, dated March 18, 1898 reads, “Los Angeles, Cal., March 16- The funeral of Major General William Stark Rosecrans, which was held in this city today was one of the most impressive, elaborate this city has ever witnessed. Thousands assembled to honor the dead warrior…After the services…the military took charge of the funeral. The column formed with Gen. Last and staff at its head. They were followed by a troop of cavalry, the Seventh regiment band, the signal corps, Col. Berry and staff, companies, A. C. F. and I. Seventh infantry, N. G. C., delegation of the Sons of Veterans, Confederates association, Grand Army of the Republic, Loyal Legion and Union Veterans’ League followed. Then came the hearse and directly behind it a riderless horse was led. The family of the deceased rode in carriages, following the hearse, and behind these were many other vehicles containing members of civic bodies and representatives of many organizations…At the conclusion of the services one of the infantry companies fired a salute of three volleys over the tomb, taps were sounded and the warrior was left to his rest.”

William Starke Rosecrans (September 6, 1819 – March 11, 1898) was an American inventor, coal-oil company executive, diplomat, politician, and U.S. Army officer. He gained fame for his role as a Union general during the American Civil War. He was the victor at prominent Western Theater battles, but his military career was effectively ended following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. Following his humiliating defeat, Rosecrans was reassigned to command the Department of Missouri, where he opposed Price's Raid. He was briefly considered as a vice presidential running mate for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. After the war, he served in diplomatic and appointed political positions and in 1880 was elected to Congress, representing California.

He died on March 11, 1898 at Rancho Sausal Redondo, Redondo Beach, California. His casket lay in state in Los Angeles City Hall, covered by the headquarters flag that flew over Stones River and Chickamauga. In 1908 his remains were interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Images are clear with good contrast. They have yellowed slightly with age, and some surface dirt is present. No photographer’s imprints, but there are handwritten inscriptions in pencil on the reverse identifying the photos.   [sm]

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