Prince Robert Philippe Louis Eugene Ferdinand of Orleans, Duke of Chartres
Fought in the Union Army during the Civil War as a prominent staff officer of General George B. McClellan
(1840-1910) Born in Paris, France, he was the son of Prince Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of d'Orleans, and grandson of King Louis Philippe of France. His brother was Louis Philippe Albert d'Orleans, the Comte de Paris. Nephew of the Prince de Joinville. He fought with notoriety in the Italian Wars, and was decorated by King Victor Emmanuel II for his gallantry at the battle of Palestro. In 1861, he fought alongside his brother, the Comte de Paris, in the American Civil War, seeing action in the battle of Gaines' Mill, Va., and serving as a prominent officer on the staff of General George B. McClellan. He fought in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War under the pseudonym Robert Le Fort and was made head of a squadron in the Armée de la Loire, fighting with such distinction that he was made a Chevalier (knight) of the Légion d'honneur. He died on December 5, 1910, at Saint Firmin, France.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view wearing a kepi with U.S. hat wreath insignia, single breasted frock coat with captain's shoulder strap, a medal pinned to his coat, and high leather boots. He holds his sword at his side. Back mark: E. Anthony, New York, From a Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Period ID on the front mount. Sharp image. Excellent.