Cdv of murdered General William "Bull" Nelson. Spectacular from life half view taken by Webster & Bro. of Louisville.
In fine condition with wear as shown in the scan. A real beauty in person.
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Nelson, William, major-general, was born near Maysville,
Ky., in 1825. He entered the United States navy as midshipman,
Jan. 28, 1840, commanded a battery at the siege of Vera Cruz in
the Mexican war, and afterwards served in the Mediterranean. He
was promoted master in 1854, lieutenant in 1855, and in 1858
commanded the "Niagara," in which he carried back to Africa the
negroes that had been taken from the slaver "Echo." Early in
I86I he was serving in Washington, and on July I6 he was
promoted lieutenant-commander and had charge of the gunboats on
the Ohio river. He was instrumental in raising recruits for the
Union army in Kentucky and Tennessee, and on Sept. 16, he was
appointed brigadier-general of volunteers. On Nov. 8, he
engaged with two Ohio regiments, reinforced by detachments from
several Kentucky regiments, in checking the advance of Col. John
S. Williams on Prestonburg, and was successful in forcing the
Confederate leader back into Virginia. He was then ordered to
join the column in front of Louisville in command of a division
under Gen. Buell, and he took a conspicuous part as commander of
his division at the battle of Shiloh, where Buell's army was the
first to join Gen. Grant. He was defeated at Richmond, Ky., and
wounded in the engagement, commanded Louisville when that city
was threatened by Bragg, and on July 17, 1862, was promoted
major-general of volunteers. In an altercation which arose at
the Galt House in Louisville between Gen. Nelson and Gen.
Jefferson C. Davis, Davis shot Nelson, and the latter died at
the Galt House, Louisville, Ky., Sept. 29, 1862. Davis was
arrested but was never brought to trial.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8