BUST VIEW OF GENERAL WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE

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Image is a chest-up view of Whipple as a brigadier general. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with black felt collar and brigadier general’s shoulder straps.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount and paper have light surface dirt. Bottom center has period ink ID of “GEN’L WHIPPLE.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for R. W. ADDIS… WASHINGTON, D.C. Reverse has much collector information in pencil.

The “UNION ARMY” Vol. 8 gives a biography as follows:

William D. Whipple brigadier-general, was born in Nelson, Madison County, N. Y., Aug 2, 1826.  He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1851, and on Sept. 9, of that year became second lieutenant in the 3d infantry.  He took part in the Gila expedition against the Apache in 1857, the Navajo expedition of 1858, and the defense of Fort Defiance, N. M., in 1860.  He was promoted first lieutenant in Dec., 1856, and when the Civil war broke out was on quartermaster's duty at Indianola, Tex.  After Gen. Twiggs' ignoble surrender to Gen Ben McCulloch in Feb., 1861, and the consequent cession of all U.  S. military posts, Whipple managed to make his escape through the enemy's lines, reached Washington shortly afterward, was commissioned captain and assistant adjutant-general, and was present at the battle of Bull Run.  He served at the headquarters of the Departments of Pennsylvania and Virginia until June, 1862, when he became lieutenant-colonel and additional aide-de-camp, serving in the Middle Department with the 8th corps, and was chief-of-staff to Gen. Cadwallader.  He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers July 17, 1863, assigned as chief-of-staff to Gen. George H. Thomas, and took part in the operations near Chattanooga, the battles of Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, siege of Atlanta, and Nashville. Subsequently he was at the headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland.  He received the brevets of brigadier- and major-general in the regular army March 13, 1865, for gallant conduct in the Atlanta campaign and the battles before Nashville, afterward served as assistant adjutant-general at the headquarters of various military divisions, and in 1873-81 acted as aide-de-camp to the general of the army He was promoted colonel in the adjutant-general's department Feb. 28, 1887.  Gen. Whipple was retired from the service Aug. 2, 1890 and died April 1, 1902 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  [ad] [ph:L]

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