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Thomas W. Sweeny, Brig. Gen. Vols. and Maj. 16th Inf. U.S.A.

Accession Number

Thomas W. Sweeny, Brig. Gen. Vols. and Maj. 16th Inf. U.S.A.


Object Creation Date
circa 1862-1865

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Subject matter
In this photograph, United States Army General Thomas W. Sweeny stands at a slight turn as he gazes blankly out of the picture plane. The empty sleeve which curls up near the general's belt sash indicates the amputation of his right arm, which had occurred during the Mexican-American War. Sweeny served as a general during the American Civil War (1861-65). Here he poses for Mathew Brady, who produced a large number of cartes-de-visite of various Union Army and Navy officers during the war.        

Physical Description
Three-quarter length portrait of a bearded man with one arm in a military uniform. 

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Collection Area

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armed forces
cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
military uniforms
officers (administrators)

3 Related Resources

Photographic Portraiture in the 19th Century
(Part of: Identity and Self-Understanding)
U.S. Civil War
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
U.S. Wars
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)

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