John Adams Dix, Autographed Carte De Visite
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[CIVIL WAR – UNION].
Signed Carte de visite, signed on verso “John A. Dix,” and dated “Paris, 13, April, 1869.” Photograph by Black, 163 Washington St. Boston.
John Adams Dix (1798-1879) fought in the War of 1812 at the age of fourteen, obtaining an ensign’s commission through the aid of his father, a prominent New Hampshire merchant. Dix remained in the Army until 1828, settled in Cooperstown, New York, and became a leading Democratic politician, dispensing spoils through the Albany Regency. He served in the U.S. Senate (1845-1849) and was named Treasury Secretary in the waning days of the Buchanan administration. His telegram to a New Orleans Treasury official, “If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot,” earned him fame as the Civil War opened. Dix was commissioned major general of volunteers in May 1861, and performed various district and garrison command duties, including the suppression of the New York City Draft Riots in 1863. After the war, he served as Minister to France and Governor of New York.
Albumen a little light; some loss of paper on mount’s verso, impacting “J” in “John” with an inked scribble on verso.