Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 405

Price Realized: $ 3,600
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
ONE OF ONLY 3 KNOWN EXAMPLES (MILITARY--SPANISH AMERICAN WAR.) YOUNG, JAMES. The Military and Historical Portrait group of the Officers of the Third North Carolina U.S. V. Infantry in the War with Spain. Elephant folio sized lithograph, 35x23 inches; with a large vignette portrait of Colonel James Young, and 35 additional vignette portraits of the officers under him; above, and to the left and right of Young's image are two scenes, one of battle and the other of soldiers in camp. There are a few short closed tears and creases to the margins, none affecting the image. Ashville, N.C.: Captain Thomas L. Leatherwood, Publisher, Nd [1898]

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a very rare lithograph of which only two other examples are known, both at the university of nc,chapel hill. "James Young (1858-1921) was probably the most prominent African-American political figure in North Carolina in the 1890s. He was born in Vance County to an enslaved woman and a prominent white man. His father enabled him to receive an education in local schools and at Shaw University, and assisted in his obtaining a government job. Young was active in Republican politics, and was first named as a delegate to the state convention in 1880. He held several posts in county and state government before being elected to the state legislature in 1894. Young favored cooperation between the Republicans and Populists and worked to negotiate the first fusion agreement in 1894. When hostilities between the United States and Spain increased in the spring of 1898, Governor Russell appointed Young to lead the Third North Carolina Regiment of African-American volunteers. The Third Regiment was the first in North Carolina to be led entirely by African-American officers" (Helen G. Edmonds, The Negro and Fusion Politics in North Carolina, 1894-1901. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1951).