CHEST-UP VIEW OF GENERAL JOHN NEWTON

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Image shows Morell in a dark double-breasted frock coat with black felt collar and brigadier general’s shoulder straps.

Image is clear and clean with excellent contrast. Mount has light edge wear at upper left.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for R. W. ADDIS… WASHINGTON, D.C.

George Webb Morell was born January 8, 1815 in Cooperstown, New York. He graduated from the United States Military Academy first in his class of 56 cadets, in 1835 and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He resigned from the Army on June 30, 1837, and became a civil engineer for the Charleston and Cincinnati Railroad and later for the Michigan Central Railroad. He moved to New York City in 1839 and worked as a lawyer. He was a commissioner for the circuit court of the Southern District of New York from 1854 to 1861.

Since 1852, Morell had served as a colonel in the New York State Militia. He was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on August 9, 1861, and served in brigade and division command in the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsula Campaign. He led the 1st Division, V Corps, during most of this period. His close association with Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter, who was court-martialed for dereliction of duty during the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, negatively affected his career. Morell testified on Porter's behalf and ruined any chance he had or remaining in the army. After the Battle of Antietam, he saw no additional field service. Morell was appointed a major general on July 4, 1862, but the appointment expired the following year without confirmation by the United States Senate. He commanded the Draft Depot in Indianapolis, Indiana, for most of 1864 and was mustered out from volunteer service on December 15, 1864.

Morell worked as a farmer after his military service. He died in Scarborough, New York, and is buried there in the chancel of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.  [ad]

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