Miniature watercolor or gouache portrait of Civil War Brevet Brigadier General David B. McKibbin. David B. McKibbin.

Miniature watercolor or gouache portrait of Civil War Brevet Brigadier General David B. McKibbin.

NP [Washington DC?]: nd [ca. 1880]. Small oval portrait, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, in an elaborate Victorian gilt and plaster frame (chipped around the edges), glazed. The portrait of McKibbin is in profile, in full uniform, with grayish-white hair and beard; offered with a photograph, 4 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches (mounted on card stock), picturing the general and his wife in later years, with two other ladies, on a lawn planted with palm trees (backmark: "J.F. Blake / Belleview Terrace. / Los Angeles, Cal."). McKibbin (1831-1890), a native of Pennsylvania, attended West Point, 1846-1848, but did not graduate; he served in the Mexican War and by 1855 was a 2nd Lieutenant with the 9th U.S. Infantry. When the Civil War broke out he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant with the 9th and then to Captain in the 14th, but by early 1862, he was a Colonel commanding the 158th Pennsylvania Infantry; later in the war he commanded the 214th Pennsylvania Infantry. He participated in most of the battles and campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, from Manassas, to Antietam, the Wilderness, and the investment of Petersburg. McKibbin was brevetted brigadier general in March, 1865, but never won permanent promotion to that rank; he continued to serve in the army until 1875 when he retired. A bright and striking portrait. (#6206). Item #59373

Price: $2,500.00

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