Colonel E. E. Elsworth taken by Brady. Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth (1837-1861) widely recognized as the first conspicuous casualty of the Civil War. From New York and then moved to Chicago and worked as a law clerk while studying military science. Knew Lincoln and helped in his election in 1860. Upon learning of Ellsworth's death Lincoln was quite moved and upset. Lincoln nicknamed him "The greatest little man I ever met". Ellsworth helped to raise a regiment shortly after the secession crisis in 1861. Died on May 24, 1861, the day after Virginia seceded. Ellsworth was leading his men through the streets of Alexandria, Virginia. He had his men take the railroad station there. He and a handful of his men went off to take the telegraph office, but stopped on their way to remove the Confederate flag from atop the Marshall House Inn. After cutting down the flag, Ellsworth was shot by the proprietor with a shotgun blast to the chest. Corporal Francis Brownell (who is featured in this collection) then shot the innkeeper. Learning of Ellsworth's death, Lincoln had the body brought to the White House where he laid in state. Ellsworth became a Martyr for the Union Cause. "Remember Ellsworth" became a patriotic slogan. The Forty-Fourth New York Regiment called itself "Ellsworth Avengers" as well as the "The People's Ellsworth Regiment".
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