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Signed CDV of Union General J. D. Webster (Grant's Chief of Staff)
Signed CDV of Union General J. D. Webster taken by by Bishop & Needles of Memphis, TN.
In fine condition, with wear as shown in the scan.

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Webster, Joseph D., brigadier-general, was born at Old Hampton N. H., Aug. 25, 1811. He graduated at Dartmouth college in 1832, was appointed a lieutenant of topographical engineers in 1838, and after serving in the Mexican war he resigned from the army in 1854 and went into mercantile business in Chicago. He reentered the army in 1861, had charge of the fortifications at Cairo, Ill.; became colonel of the 1st Ill. artillery and took part in the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, had charge of all the artillery at Shiloh; was made chief of staff to Gen. Grant and afterward to Gen. Sherman, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, and later was brevetted major-general of volunteers. Gen. Webster died in Chicago, Ill., March 12, 1876.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8

Report of Major General U.S. Grant Headquarters District of West Tennessee, Pittsburg, TN April 9, 1862
"...Colonel Webster was placed in special charge of all the artillery and was constantly upon the field. He displayed, as always heretofore, both skill and bravery. At least in one instance he was the means of placing an entire regiment in a position of doing most valuable service, and where it would not have been but for his exertions."

A History of the War Department of the United States
"... The battle of Shiloh, however, received no little unfavorable criticism on account of which for a time General Grant was under a shadow. The Union army was here surprised and on the first day of the battle was driven back and worsted until late in the afternoon. Then the tide turned, chiefly by reason of the magnificent fighting of General J. D. Webster, Grant's chief of artillery. He massed his guns on an eminence in rear of Pittsburgh Landing and by the "most terrific cannonading ever witnessed on this continent," first checked the enemy's impetuous advance and presently caused him to retire from much of the ground that he had won. In this crisis of the battle the gun-boat Tyler came to the aid of Webster, rendering the artillery on the land invaluable assistance. It will thus be seen that while the Unionists were worsted on the first day's fight, they were so far from being defeated that the tide of battle had visibly turned in their favor before night."