Brevat Brigadier General
Samuel Woodson Price

Born April 5, 1828 to Daniel and Elizabeth (Crockett) Price near Nicholasville, KY.  Young Samuel showed talent at an early age.  He set up a studio in a local hotel at the age of 14.  His formal education was from Nicholasville Academy and then Kentucky Military Institute near Frankfort.  He then studied portrait painting in New York's School of Design then with Thomas  Noble  in Louisville.

In 1853 he married Mary Frances Thompson and they had two girls and a boy.

Price went into the Civil War as a Corporal with the 21st Kentucky Infantry.  He had risen to Colonel when wounded at Kennesaw Mountain in 1864.  upon recovery he was sent to Louisville where he was still stationed at the end of the war.  Later he was made brevat brigadier general by an act of congress.

After the war he was commissioned to paint General Thomas and General Rosecrans.  In 1878 he was made postmaster of Lexington but spent a lot of his time painting.  President Grant took the position from him.  He secured a room to paint in the Louisville Courier-Journal building.  Here he lost his eye sight in both eyes by 1881.

By dictation, he wrote books about the war.  Following his wife's death in 1897 he went to St Louis with his son.  Here he died in 1918 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
                                                                                          -- Information from Wikipedia


Samuel Woodson Price

Col. 21st Ky. U. S. Vols.

Brevet Brigadier General
1818 - 1918

His Wife
Mary Frances Thompson
1832 - 1892

Thanks to David Moore for the photo of Price's monument


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