FRAMED SIGNATURE OF GENERAL GEORGE STONEMAN

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Nicely framed and matted for display is a signature and image of Union General George Stoneman. Signature reads, “GEORGE STONEMAN BVT MAJ GENL U.S.A.” Lithograph image shows Stoneman in a double breasted frock coat with shoulder boards indicating his rank of Major General.

Frame measures 7” by 11 ¾”. No scratches or nicks are present. Paper that signature is on measures 2” by 3 ¼”. Image measures 4” by 5 ½”.

George Stoneman Jr. (August 8, 1822 – September 5, 1894) was a United States Army cavalry officer, trained at West Point, where his roommate was Stonewall Jackson. In the Civil War he became Adjutant to George B. McClellan, who did not appreciate the use of centralized cavalry, and was therefore outperformed by the Confederates, who did. At Chancellorsville, under Joseph Hooker, Stoneman failed in an ambitious attempt to penetrate behind enemy lines, getting bogged down at an important river crossing. It came to be known as, “Stoneman’s Raid”. Hooker's sharp criticism of Stoneman may have been partly aimed at deflecting the heavy blame being directed at himself for the loss of this major battle that most generals believed to be winnable.

While commanding cavalry under William Tecumseh Sherman in Georgia, Stoneman was captured, making him the highest ranking officer to be so, but was soon exchanged. During the early years after the Civil War, Stoneman commanded occupying troops at Memphis, Tennessee, who were stationed at Fort Pickering. He had turned over control of law enforcement to the civilian government by May 1866, when the Memphis riots broke out. When the city asked for help, he suppressed the rioting with use of federal troops. He later moved out to California, where he had an estate in the San Gabriel Valley. He was elected as governor of California, serving between 1883 and 1887. He was not nominated a second time.  [sl]

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