Was he demoted, or ...?
As I see it ... (not easy at the present time ... off subject), he retired with the rank of Major General.
I wonder if a determination of the subject's age would be accurate, given the conditon/ quality of the photograph.
Hmmm... after looking at every image of Chamberlain I could find, I must say that the ears, earlobes, nose, cleft chin, eye folds and jowls all point to Chamberlain. Looking at the original in my hand the conclusion seems inescapable. If this was taken just before the Penn Ave studio closed, then he could have been 52 or 53 years old in the photo. Not completely impossible but my gut reaction was that the man in the photo was just a bit older - maybe 55 to 60 years of age. In my original he does not look 'elderly' however. Interestingly, the reason that I missed Chamberlain was that I limited my LOC image search to generals born before 1810, since I was assuming the photo was a wartime image.
cowanw, can you flesh out the scenario wherein the Brady name is showing on the back of an image actually made by Antony co.? Did Antony publish absolute facsimiles, or would the reprint actually say Antony?
Thanks everyone for the help. I will sleep a little better now that I feel I have an ID.
Jon, If you would send the file to my email address, JayKhill@aol.com, I will forward it to an old grad school friend who is an expert on all manner of Civil War-era military uniforms and historical artifacts.
I am going to withhold judgment about the Chamberlain i.d. Chamberlain's nose, in the Bowdoin College portrait, is straight; this nose is slightly humped. Moreover, a dated portrait of JLC taken in 1876 shows a much younger-looking man than this.
I'm not entirely certain those are stars - they could be oak leaf clusters, at which point he would be either a Major or a Lieutenant Colonel, not a 2-star General. Given his overall age in the photo, I'd go with Lieutenant Colonel.
Take a look at the above for comparison.
Brady was given credit on the back of Anthony cards (cartes de visites).
In 1861 Brady made $4000 dollars on this arrangement.
The back reads
Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co.from the photographic Negatives in Brady's National Portrait Gallery
Frederick Meserve bought 15000 to 18000 glass negatives from Anthony's in 1902.
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How about General Buell at an older age? His hair was already starting to grey during the war...EC