Historic full standing tintype of a young Washington Augustus Roebling as a sergeant in the 6th New York Light Artillery, directly from his estate. Dressed in a short jacket with sergeant’s chevrons, he wears gauntlets, knee high riding boots, and proudly holds his saber. The scabbard hangs from his model 1851 belt rig.
A well-educated civil engineer, Roebling performed detached service supervising bridge construction, and became an Aide de Camp of General Gouverneur K. Warren. From mid-1865 to 1867, Roebling worked with his father on the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge (now the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge). He became assistant engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge and was named chief engineer after his father's death in mid-1869. He made several important improvements on the bridge design and further developed bridge building techniques. He suffered from decompression sickness while working in one of the underwater bridge caissons, which caused numerous health issues for the rest of his life. He died in 1926 as one of the most famous civil engineers in American history. Outstanding unpublished image!
Comes housed in a 12 x 16 inch display case with black velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: HAR 154 / Sold