Item #63-0927 Maj. Theodore Winthrop. J. C. Buttre, engrav.

Maj. Theodore Winthrop.

London: M. Arnold, Library of the Fine Arts, 1832. Steel Engraving. 9.5" x 12". Very Good with minor foxing, faint edge wear. Theodore Winthrop (September 22, 1828 – June 10, 1861) was a writer, lawyer, and world traveller. He was one of the first Union officers killed in the American Civil War. In the heat of battle, Major Winthrop leapt onto the trunk of a fallen tree and reportedly yelled, "One more charge boys, and the day is ours." Soon thereafter, he was killed by a musket ball to the heart and became the first casualty of rank for the Northern side in what history regards as the first pitched land battle of the Civil War. Ironically, ardent abolitionist Winthrop may have been shot by the African-American slave of a Confederate officer in the 1st North Carolina Infantry. (Three different soldiers, as well as this slave, referred to in the records only as "Sam," claimed to have killed him.). Item #63-0927

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