FRAMED ALBUMEN PHOTO OF CAPTAIN MINOR KNOWLTON, 1ST U.S. ARTILLERY, WEST POINT INSTRUCTOR

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Oval albumen photograph of Knowlton in dress uniform. Full-standing studio view. He wears a single-breasted frock with fringed epaulettes, sash, and sword belt. He is holding his officer’s M1840 mounted artillery sword in one hand and his “Hardee” hat (fully ornamented) in the other. Image is clear with great detail. Some oxidation visible in the form of brush strokes from glue used to mount the photo to the mat.

Mat has a printed oval border with photographer’s imprint and a cut, printed label pasted under the photo. Label reads, “Capt. M. Knowlton, U.S. Army, Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry at the U.S. Military Academy, from 1837 to 1844, and Assistant Professor of Mathematics and French in preceding years.”

A printed label for Gurney’s Gallery in New York is pasted on the back of the mount. Beneath this is an old pencil note, “Captain Minor Knowlton graduated West Point July 1, 1829. 2nd Lt. of 1st U.S. Artillery. Served in Mexican War promoted Captain April 21, 1846. Served at Bull Run [very doubtful] retired October 26, 1861. Died December 24, 1870.”

Framed in oval from of wood with applied details and ornaments on the front. Backed with thin sheet of wood held in place with two nails. Overall condition remains very good.

Captain Minor Knowlton became a cadet at West Point in 1825, graduating in 1829 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Artillery. He was Acting Assistant Professor at West Point. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1835 and to Captain in 1846. He authored “Notes on Gun Powder, Cannon, and Projectiles”. He was attached to the staff of the French army as an observer in Algeria in 1845. He rejoined his regiment in Western Texas under General Taylor’s command during the Mexican War. He was present during the construction of Ft. Brown in Texas. At this time attacks of Epilepsy became regular. He was on sick leave at his home in Bridgeton, NJ for most of the time until the “Board for Retiring Disabled Officers” found him incapacitated for active service in October 1861.  [jet] [ph:L]

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