SEATED VIEW CDV OF COLONEL THOMAS CHICKERING OF MASSACHUSETTS

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Image is a waist-up view of Chickering in a dark double-breasted frock coat with Colonel’s shoulder straps. At his waist is his sword belt with rectangular eagle plate. Image is clear with good contrast but does have heavy spotting of dark discoloration that appears to be surface dirt but which is actually on the negative.

Printed on the bottom of the mount is “COL. THOS. E. CHICKERING, 41ST REGIMENT, M.V.”

Reverse has collector’s information in pencil and a photographer’s imprint for SILSBEE, CASE & CO… BOSTON.

Thomas E. Chickering was born October 22, 1824 in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1845, at the age of 21, Thomas began working with his father in the family business of piano making, for which they had become well-known. He gained not only skills for designing pianos but also cultivated a talent for business and marketing.

In December 1852, the firm suffered a setback when their factory burned. A year later Thomas’ father died. The family constructed a new factory on Tremont Street in Boston and Thomas and his brothers took over management of the firm at which point the company became known as Chickering and Sons. Thomas, as the eldest brother, became head of the firm's affairs.

For several years before the Civil War Chickering had been interested in the military and commanded a militia company called the New England Guards. On September 15, 1862, Chickering was placed in command of the 41st Massachusetts Infantry. The regiment was deployed to New Orleans in November 1862 as part of Major General Nathaniel Banks's Louisiana expedition.

During the winter of 1862–1863, the 41st Massachusetts garrisoned Baton Rouge without any significant incident. During April and May 1863, the 41st Massachusetts was part of an expedition to Opelousas, Louisiana to forage for supplies and gather freed slaves by the thousands for recruitment into the Union Army. Chickering was appointed military governor of Opelousas and commanded the Union troops (consisting of seven regiments of infantry) that were part of the expedition.

In June 1863, as Chickering and the 41st Massachusetts prepared to join other troops of the Department of the Gulf in the Siege of Port Hudson, the regiment was consolidated with three companies of Massachusetts cavalry and became a mounted unit. The regiment was renamed the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry. The unit saw action in the Siege of Port Hudson and the Red River Campaign. Chickering commanded this unit until September 1, 1864 when he resigned from the army.

For his service during the war, Chickering was awarded a brevet promotion to Brigadier General to rank from March 13, 1865.

Following the war, Chickering returned to his career as senior partner of Chickering and Sons. The company continued to expand its reputation through new designs and patents. Chickering pianos were exhibited at the 1867 World Exposition in Paris to much acclaim. For his accomplishments, Chickering was honored in Paris by the award of membership in the Légion d'honneur.

Chickering died in Boston on Valentine’s Day 1871 at the age of 47. He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.    [ad]

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