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Regis de Trobriand, 55th New York, Brevet Brigadier General, Unpublished Quarter Plate Tintype, Plus
6/21/2012 - American History, Including the Civil War
Lot of 2, featuring an hitherto unknown tintype attributed as Regis de Trobriand being identical to numerous published photographs of the general who sported a distinctive wispy, forked goatee. Plus a half plate ambrotype of two young girls, unidentified but believed to be de Trobriand's daughters, Beatrice and Caroline, taken by Mathew Brady's studio. With Cuttings Patent / Brady / July 4 & 11 1854 stamped on mat. The presentation of this particular ambrotype allows it to be viewed from the front and back. 

The slouch hat favored by de Trobriand bears an embroidered staff wreath. The general wears an open double breasted non-regulation frock coat with shoulder straps that appear to show the single star of brigadier general. He leans casually on a M1850 F&S sword while holding a folded document. The studio scene is choked with plant life and a rock. A cannon ball and piece of grape shot, perfectly posed on the floor, draw attention to the well-worn mounted boots with spurs. An unidentified shield type badge is pinned to his military vest.

De Trobriand was recommended for promotion to brigadier for his “excellent performance at Gettysburg” but was not officially appointed until April 10, 1864 by President Lincoln. This would date the photograph to around May 1864 at the earliest, or just before he returned to field in command of a brigade during Grant's Overland Campaign.

The expatriate son of a minor French Baron, Regis De Trobriand (1816-1897) was the archetypical 19th century Renaissance man equally at home with literature and war. De Trobriand became colonel of the 55th New York and commanded a brigade in the 4th Corps through much of 1862. Still a colonel at Gettysburg, he skillfully led the 3rd Brigade of Birney's Division, 3rd Corps in the feverish defense of the exposed salient in the Peach Orchard. His stalwart Gettysburg performance ultimately earned him a star and command of a division upon the later consolidation of the 3rd Corps near the end of the war. De Trobriand was brevetted major general, volunteers in April 1865 and brigadier general, regular army in February 1868.


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Unvarnished plate is EXC. with good clarity although heavy on the grey scale which coupled with dirty cover glass makes the image appear darker than it actually is. Housed in separated composition case. Half plate ambrotype case separated along hinges.
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