Quite rare and seldom seen on the open market!! Outdoor, "from life" view of a mounted Federal Major General Alexander McDowell McCook. I can't begin to tell you how rare and desirable outdoor "from life" photographs are.
This is what I know about the good general. Federal Major General Alexander McDowell McCook (a West Pointer) took command of the "right wing" at the Battle of Stone's River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Was also involved at Chickamauga. He was part of the family known as the "Fighting McCooks", of which 15 members of the Irish family fought in the Civil War.
Written on the back of the CDV in pencil is an ID that reads:
A McD McCook - Maj Gen
Also written on the back in period ink is : "Buck"
The condition and subject matter of this CDV are incredible. There is a bit of "glare" in the CDV as the photograph was taken directly into either a setting or rising sun just below the tree line. The good general may quite possibly be surveying the days end of a battle. The face is a bit light, but this IS NOT damage to the CDV, only a bit of glare due to the conditions and primitive environments these battlefield photographers endured. It only adds to the attractiveness of the photograph and historic value.
This is an absolutely wonderful piece of history!! Outdoor, "from life" CDV's are a rarity in themselves. But combining the fact that this is of a well known and historically prominent general of the Civil War is truly amazing!! Don't miss this one!!