An absolutely enormous signed photograph of General William T. Sherman, inscribed to his Chief of Staff on the March to the Sea, Col. Joseph AudenriedWilliam T. Sherman was the most creative and intuitively brilliant of all the high-ranking Union generals of the Civil War. He was groundbreaking as well, as he used the practice of total warfare during his signature “March to the Sea” campaign to bring the war home to the heart of the South. Sherman’s employment of this technique brought a resounding victory for the Union and exposed the weakness of the South, though earning him the lasting enmity of Southerners. Nevertheless, he epitomized the characteristics of a brilliant tactician, and because of his warfare tactics, the Civil War ended much sooner than it would otherwise have.Joseph Audenried had the distinction of serving under the two most illustrious generals in the Union army, and was recognized three times for gallant and meritorious service with brevet promotions to captain, major (Atlanta campaign) and lieutenant colonel (war). In 1863 he served in the western theater under Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and took part in the fall of Vicksburg and pursuit through Tennessee. In October 1863, Audenried was transferred to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s staff, rising to Chief of Staff, and never again leaving his staff for the remainder of the war. With Sherman, Audenried took part in the Chattanooga and Knoxville Campaigns, the Atlanta Campaign, and the famous March to the Sea and March through the Carolinas. This is a photograph of General W.T. Sherman, enhanced slightly with watercolors, the image 16.25 by 21.25 inches, matted and framed to an overall presentation of 22.5 x 27.5 inches, inscribed and signed in the lower margin, “To Colonel J.C. Audenried, A.D.C. / With Compliments of / W.T. Sherman, General Comd., US Army / Washington DC / February 18, 1874.” ADC stands for Aide de Camp.This photograph, with provenance of the Audenried descendants, is by far the largest and most important of Sherman we have ever seen. It is truly unique.There is an interesting postlude to the Sherman/Audenried relationship as well. Audenried died in 1880 at age 41, and for the rest of his life Sherman was solicitous of Audenried’s widow, regularly corresponding with her to see how things were going, providing advice, and doing all for her he could. (Inventory #: 11433)
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