Seriously wounded at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run in 1862
Served as an 8 term United States Congressman from Ohio
(1809-1890) Born in Franklin, Ohio, he graduated in 1827 with a bachelor of arts degree and honors from Miami University, Ohio. When the attack was made on Fort Sumter in April 1861, Schenck promptly tendered his services to President Abe Lincoln who he had campaigned for enthusiastically in the 1860 presidential election, and he was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers to rank from May 17, 1861. He commanded a brigade of General Daniel Tyler's division at 1st Bull Run and saw action in the Shenandoah Valley the following spring during General Stonewall Jackson's famous 1862 campaign. At 2nd Bull Run he led a division of General Franz Sigel's Corps of the Army of Virginia and he was disabled for further field service from a serious wound in the arm. He was promoted to major general to rank from August 30, 1862, and commanded the Middle Military Department, and the 8th Corps at Baltimore. General Schenck also served 8 terms in Congress, and was the United States Minister to Brazil, and later to Great Britain. As a member on the Alabama Claims Commission, he took part in settling the claims arising from the exploits of Admiral Raphael Semmes, and his famous Confederate raider, the C.S.S. Alabama.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Superb quality half view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York, from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Very sharp and desirable image.