BRADY CDV OF GENERAL HIRAM BERRY - KILLED LEADING A BAYONET CHARGE AT CHANCELLORSVILLE

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Image is a three-quarter standing view of Berry as a brigadier general. He is posed with one hand thrust in his coat and the other tucked behind his back. He wears a dark double-breasted frockcoat with brigadier general’s straps clearly visible.

Contrast and clarity are very good as is usually the case with a Brady image. The mount is good but the paper has some scattered dark spots. Bottom corners of the mount are marked “BRADY” and “NEW YORK.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for BRADY…NEW YORK & WASHINGTON, D.C. There is also some collector information at top.

Hiram Berry was born in Thomaston (now Rockland), Maine, August 27, 1824. He learned the carpenter trade as a boy, and afterwards became a navigator.  He represented his native town for several terms in the state legislature and was mayor of the city of Rockland.  At Rockland he organized and for several years commanded a company called the Rockland Guard, which was well known for its excellent discipline.  At the beginning of the Civil war, Gen.  Berry entered the service as colonel of the 4th Maine infantry, took part in the battle of Bull Run, the siege of Yorktown, and on April 4, 1862, was made a brigadier-general. He was present at the battles of Fair Oaks and Williamsburg at the Seven Days fight, the Second Bull Run campaign, and Chantilly.  In Jan., 1863, he was nominated by the president as major-general of volunteers, the nomination was confirmed, and he was placed in command of the 2nd Division of the 3rd Army Corps, succeeding Gen. Sickles.  Berry lost his life at a critical juncture in the battle of Chancellorsville, when, at the head of his division, he was leading a bayonet charge against the enemy.  [ad] [ph:L]

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