MOUNTED ALBUMEN - MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE STONEMAN, USA, & STAFF

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Ca. 1862-63. Period image measuring 6.25 x 7". Recently mounted (within the last thirty years) on heavy white card paper. A studio photo featuring Stoneman, second from the right, and three officers in a standing frontal pose, w/studio pedestal to the right. The single row of buttons on the frock coats of the two officer's to Stoneman's left indicates that both are of company grade rank, most likely a lieutenant and captain (from left to right). The double row of buttons on the coat of the officer to Stoneman's right indicates that he is either a Lt. or Colonel, and his sword appears to be that of a surgeon of the medical service. The double row of double buttons on Stoneman's coat are those of a Brigadier general, indicating that this picture was taken while Stoneman was commander of the Army of the Potomac Cavalry Corps, at some point prior to his promotion to Major General in March 1863, which was just prior to the Battle of Chancellorsville and Stoneman's disastrous cavalry raid made in conjunction. Though quite clear, the photo was poorly mounted and there are some resulting crinkles. Otherwise. VG.

A West Point trained veteran, George Stoneman had a very uneven Civil War career. He commanded a division during the 1862 Peninsula campaign, and a corps during the battle of Fredericksburg, but then was relieved of command of the cavalry corps in the aftermath of the disastrous "Stoneman's Raid" made in conjunction with the equally disastrous Battle of Chancellorsville. He restored his reputation somewhat with his performance in divisional command under Gen. Sherman during the closing months of the war. He remained in the regular army until 1871, then retired to California, where he served as Governor 1883-87. He died in Buffalo, NY, 5 Sept, 1894.

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