FRAMED AUTOGRAPH & CDV OF MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW A. HUMPHREYS

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This framed piece consists of a diminutive ink signature that reads “A. A. HUMPHREYS / MAJ GEN VOLS.” in two lines. The ink is readable but the letters “UM” in the General’s last name have faded a bit. The clipped paper meas. approx. 2.25 x 1.50 inches. Above the signature is a period CDV of Humphreys from about the knees up in the uniform of a Brigadier General with his right hand thrust in his coat a la Napoleon. The image is clear with great contrast.

The two pieces are housed in a triple mat of blue over red over white. The blue mat has been cut to frame the CDV and the signature and to expose the red and white mats around each. The modern fame itself is of gold painted wood with blue highlights and meas. approx. 7.00 x 11.00 inches. Attached to the reverse of the frame is a letter of authenticity by the original sellers, The American Print Gallery in Gettysburg dated November 24, 1981.

Andrew Atkinson Humphreys was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 2, 1810. He graduated from the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1831 and was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd US Artillery at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina.

In 1836 Humphreys went with his regiment to Florida and saw action in the First Seminole War. Becoming ill he resigned from the Army on September 30, 1836 and for two years worked as a civil engineer on government projects. Humphrey’s rejoined the Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Topographical Engineers on July 7, 1838. Humphreys was assigned to Washington State and was appointed Captain in 1848. During the 1850’s he worked on different projects to include studies of the Mississippi River and finding a practical route for the Transcontinental Railroad.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Humphreys was promoted to Major and assigned as Chief Topographical Engineer of the Army of the Potomac. He was promoted a Brigadier General on April 28, 1862 and on September 12th was given command of the 3rd Division of the 5th Corps. He led this Division at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. On May 23, 1863 Humphrey’s was transferred to command of the 2nd Division, 3rd Corps which he led at Gettysburg.

Soon after the battle of Gettysburg on July 8, 1863 Humphreys was promoted to Major General and assumed the duty of General Meade’s Chief of Staff. Humphreys served Meade until November of 1864 when he took command of the 2nd Corps. This was a command Humphreys held to the end of the war. For his services he was promoted to Brigadier General and Major General by brevet in the Regular Army in March of 1865.

After the war Humphreys was made a Brigadier General in the Regular Army and in 1866 was assigned as Chief of Engineers. He held this post till he retired from the Army on June 30, 1879.

After retiring from the Army Humphreys wrote a number of scientific engineering books and his memories of the war. He died in Washington, D.C. on December 27, 1883 and was buried there in the Congressional Cemetery.

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