WAIST UP CDV OF MAJOR GENERAL DAVID HUNTER

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Image shows Hunter seated and slightly turned to the right. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with black felt collar and cuffs with major general shoulder straps.

Image is clear with good contrast and has only light surface dirt.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for E. ANTHONY… NEW YORK… FROM A BRADY NEGATIVE. Modern pencil ID also on reverse.

David Hunter was born in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 1802. He was the grandson of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Hunter graduated from West Point in 1822 and was assigned to Fort Dearborn from 1828-1831. He resigned his commission to become a speculator in 1836. After trying his hand with real estate in Chicago for six years he rejoined the Army as a Paymaster with the rank of Major in 1842.

Hunter traveled with President Lincoln to Washington for his inauguration and managed to get himself made the fourth ranking volunteer General. During the war Hunter had varying success. He is best known for issuing an order freeing the slaves in his Department of the South in March 1862 which he was forced by President Lincoln to rescind and the burning of VMI in 1864. He saw action at First Bull Run where he was wounded, Secessionville and Piedmont. After President Lincoln’s assassination Hunter was assigned to preside over the commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators. Hunter retired from the Army in 1866 with the rank of Colonel with brevets of Brigadier and Major General. He lived in Washington until his death on February 2, 1886 and was buried in Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey.    [ad]

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