By MICHAEL FELLMAN Few Americans know, during the first year of the war, on Nov. 9, 1861, General Sherman, paralyzed by depression, was relieved of his command in Kentucky at his own request. Five weeks later, the wire services proclaimed to the nation: GENERAL WILLIAM T. SHERMAN INSANE. Sherman experienced erratic emotional ups and downs that he shared with his friends and family. He came back and soared to prominence, but his mental collapse and his recovery, unusually well documented, present a riveting example of the understanding of depressive illness in the Victorian world, and the relationship of bipolar illness to creativity and inspired leadership during difficult times. READ MORE HERE: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/shermans-demons/
Gustave Le Gray, Portrait of Henri Le Secq, 1848.
ca. 1860, [portrait a woman combing hair of a seated gentleman]
~ The Mystery of Love, Courtship and Marriage Explained, by Henry J. Wehman, originally published 1890
Liberty & Co., 1885
The Metropolitan Museum of Art