William S. Harney

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civilwarincolor

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Not familiar with Harney. He retired in 1863 (basically looks like he was forced out). This picture would have at the end of the war or post war as he was brevetted to Major General in 1865 (basically on the retired list).

One thing that I found very interesting is this mention of him just prior to his retirement.

Harney was called to Washington to discuss the situation. He was captured by Confederates en route and was offered a command by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He refused and was released to continue on to Washington, where he was permanently relieved of his command.
I would really like to know more about why Lee would be offering a Union General a command. Very interesting.
 

Zuzah

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Not familiar with Harney. He retired in 1863 (basically looks like he was forced out). This picture would have at the end of the war or post war as he was brevetted to Major General in 1865 (basically on the retired list).

One thing that I found very interesting is this mention of him just prior to his retirement.

Harney was called to Washington to discuss the situation. He was captured by Confederates en route and was offered a command by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He refused and was released to continue on to Washington, where he was permanently relieved of his command.
I would really like to know more about why Lee would be offering a Union General a command. Very interesting.
Very interesting indeed - and Lee is the reason why I did this guy, he looks a LOT like him - a hell of a lot, infact.
 
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civilwarincolor

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Lee is the reason why I did this guy, he looks a LOT like him - a hell of a lot, infact.
Your right they do favor each other a bit, had not thought about that when I first looked at it.

Very interesting indeed - and Lee is the reason why I did this guy.
Yeah, that would be very interesting to find out.
Hopefully someone on this forum knows a bit more.
 
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frontierchris

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William S. Harney's the bastard who hung 30 members of the Saint Patrick Battalion in the Mexican-American War during the Battle of Chapultepec. He even had it down the minute the American Flag flew over the castle.
 

rpkennedy

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William S. Harney's the bastard who hung 30 members of the Saint Patrick Battalion in the Mexican-American War during the Battle of Chapultepec. He even had it down the minute the American Flag flew over the castle.
One of the men that he hanged had had both legs amputated the day before.

R
 
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frontierchris

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Yeah well I read that it was against the rules of the military to hang deserters. Oh and don't forget that the reason they deserted and switched sides was because of oppression and racism.
 
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Not familiar with Harney. He retired in 1863 (basically looks like he was forced out). This picture would have at the end of the war or post war as he was brevetted to Major General in 1865 (basically on the retired list).

One thing that I found very interesting is this mention of him just prior to his retirement.

Harney was called to Washington to discuss the situation. He was captured by Confederates en route and was offered a command by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He refused and was released to continue on to Washington, where he was permanently relieved of his command.
I would really like to know more about why Lee would be offering a Union General a command. Very interesting.
Harney was a southern slaveowner whose loyalty to the Union had come under question early in the war while commanding in Missouri (this was in the wake of David Twiggs treason in Texas). If I remember correctly, there were issues with him trying to restrain Lyons' efforts to against Price before he was shelved.
 
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TerryB

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There's a well-known photo of some Union wounded in a hospital yard, casualties of the Overland Campaign. One man is on crutches. Have you tried your hand at that one?
 
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Zuzah

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There's a well-known photo of some Union wounded in a hospital yard, casualties of the Overland Campaign. One man is on crutches. Have you tried your hand at that one?
Is the crutched man exiting a house? If so, I've seen it, and tried it a wee bit in my earlier days, but never got further than that. I think I have it saved somewhere.

I'm currently working on a photograph with 50-odd artillery men of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery outside on a sunny day, so far I've gone crazy and quit three times.
 

TerryB

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Is the crutched man exiting a house? If so, I've seen it, and tried it a wee bit in my earlier days, but never got further than that. I think I have it saved somewhere.

I'm currently working on a photograph with 50-odd artillery men of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery outside on a sunny day, so far I've gone crazy and quit three times.
The man I remember best has on a greatcoat, and has his pants rolled up above his ankles. He offers someone a canteen. It's a wonderful pic.
 
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