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Unidentified photo - Benjamin Harrison?

Discussion in 'Period Civil War Photos & Examinations' started by Mike Serpa, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Mike Serpa

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    LOC title is "Unidentified general, bust portrait, facing left" - #35226
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    LOC Notes: Handwritten below image: Harrison?

    I don't see any stars for the general and I don't see 'Harrison.' How about you? Could this be Benjamin Harrison?

    Here is a crop of Harrison.
    General-Benjamin-Harrison-in-uniform,-1865.jpg

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    LOC
     
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  3. JPK Huson 1863

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    Gee whiz, Mike, it's so close! I'm the last person ( not an historian ) to be able to say yes, but cannot find a reason they couldn't be the same guy. Pretty cool ( having said that, the next post will be chubacus with Harrison's Civil War photo, we'll both say ' OH, I see! ') .
     
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  4. Mike Serpa

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    I'm hoping he and a few more CWTers will add their opinions.
     
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    If I were you, Mike, I would consider sending an email copy of your photo to the research staff at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. I would think they would be able to immediately determine if it is indeed Mr. Harrison.
    http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/learn/collections/research-library
     
  6. mofederal

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    I think it is a very close match to Harrison. it sure likes like him, although it could be someone else. I think it is Harrison, no expert, but I like it a lot. Thanks for posting @Mike Serpa .
     
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  7. Mike Serpa

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    This is an excellent suggestion. I just sent an email. I will let you know what they say.

    Thanks.
     
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    It does look like him. Be interested in what Presidential Site says.
     
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    Here's what I got back from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site -

    Hello Mike,
    I am going to say no it is not Harrison. To compare are attached images of Harrison in the Civil War.

    BENCW copy.jpg

    The other photo was a complete version of the cropped photo in the OP.
     
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    I wonder who it is. They should know if Harrison or not.
     
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    The website said, "Harrison was given a commission as Second Lieutenant and two weeks later was promoted to captain." I don't see any insignia on the shoulder straps indicating a second lieutenant. Does it seem unlikely that his photo would be taken during those two weeks? I don't know who it is either, Donna.
     
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    His hair is parted on side. The beards look the same. Too bad we can't see eyes better.

    He did have several brothers. I think a few served during the war.
     
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    I poked around some more on the website from post 34 and found a side profile of Harrison. The nose does not match with photo in the OP.
    benjamin-harrison-1888.jpg
     

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