Washington Tevis, aka, Nessim Bey,

West Point Register of Cadets - official entry

Washington Carroll Tevis
Cullum Number - 1430
Class of - 1849
Born - Place-PA
Appointment-Lge
Branch-MtdRif
Obit-AR 01 History
Resd 50
Turkish Army (LTC) 54-61
COL 3MD Cav Vols 63-64
Disc 64
Soldier of Fortune France, Egypt, Turkey
D-Paris France 29Sep00 a-72


Name the graduate who became known as ``Nessim Bey``; achieved the ranks of Bimbashi and later Caimacan of the Bashi Bazouks of the Turkish Army; distinguished himself in combat in Russia; was breveted Brigadier General in the U. S. Army for dashing cavalry actions (but was discharged for disciplinary reasons); became a Papal Count and Secret Chamberlain of the Cloak and Sword for the Pope; became a French General of Brigade, winning the Legion of Honor; then became Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army; and finally served in the Turkish and Bulgarian Armies.

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John Ward, USMA '64- jward@muchlaw.com


The graduate who became known as ``Nessim Bey``, achieved the ranks of Bimbashi and later Caimacan of the Bashi Bazouks of the Turkish Army; distinguished himself in combat in Russia; was breveted Brigadier General in the U. S. Army for dashing cavalry actions (but was discharged for disciplinary reasons); became a Papal Count and Secret Chamberlain of the Cloak and Sword for the Pope; became a French General of Brigade, winning the Legion of Honor; then became Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army; and finally served in the Turkish and Bulgarian Armies was Washington Tevis, Class of 1849. He survived his adventures, dying in Paris in 1900.

Copied from: http://www.west-point.org/family/bicent/trivia11.html
John Ward, USMA '64- jward@muchlaw.com




The image at right was scanned by Alan Lubke from a 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet from the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL gift shop. They also have small portraits of the Nessim Bey painting including a framed one about 3" x 5" and a large poster.

The Appleton web site is http://appletonmuseum.org/ www.appletonmuseum.org, and their phone # is (352) 291-4455. Ask for the gift shop.

Portrait de Nessim Bey: Campagne d'Asie


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The artist of "Portrait de Nessim Bey: Campagne d'Asie" is Antoine Jean Etienne (Tony) Faivre. He was French and lived from 1830-1905. The painting is dated 1855 and is oil on canvas. It was sold by Sotheby's in NY on May 22, 1986, and is described as an "Important 19th Century painting." It was probably purchased at that time by Arthur I. Appleton, who built and opened the Appleton Museum in Ocala in 1987. His vast collection was the basis of the museum collection.
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