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Joseph Orville Shelby
Joseph Orville Shelby
TitleJoseph Orville Shelby
DescriptionCharcoal portrait of General Joseph Orville Shelby in suit coat, vest, shirt, and tie. The drawing is signed by the artist. Below the signature, "Genl. Jos. Orvill Shelby" is written in different handwriting and black ink.
Biographical NoteGeneral Shelby lived in Waverly, Missouri, at the beginning of the Civil War where he raised hemp. He organized a company of State Guards and fought at the Wilson Creek, Lexington, and Pea Ridge battles. His unit became known as Shelby's Iron Brigade. In the summer of 1862, the Confederate government sent him to organize guerrilla groups in Missouri. After the war, he went to Mexico for a couple years before returning to Missouri. In 1893 until 1897, Shelby was the U.S. Marshal of the western district of Missouri. He died February 13, 1897, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. (O'Flaherty, Daniel. "General Jo Shelby, Undefeated Rebel." Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1954 [ MVSC 92 S544O ]).
See Also"Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 125 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].
CreatorAnna Lee (Dillenbeck) Stacey
DateCirca 1890s
SubjectCharcoal drawings
Portrait drawings
Military officers
Local SubjectBorder Warfare
Civil War
Shelby, Joseph O.
LocationMVO-75F Q
NotesThe portrait was separated from the original mat board. It is believed that most if not all of Anna Stacey's drawings were made from photographs. The MVO (Missouri Valley Oversize) is composed of various types of art work including paintings, sculpture, drawings and sketches, large-size photographs, posters, and other miscellaneous items.
Item TypeArt Work, 14.5 x 18
Digital FormatTiff imported as jpeg2000
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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