SEATED VIEW OF BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL GUSTAVUS LOOMIS

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CDV shows a gray haired and heavily bearded Loomis seated in a chair wearing a dark double-breasted frock coat with shoulder straps and light trousers. He is striking the typical Napoleonic pose.

Image is clean and clear with great contrast. Top edge has been trimmed.

Reverse bears the photographer’s imprint for BOGARDUS…NEW YORK. There is a period pencil inscription written across the top that is partially missing due to the card being trimmed. The inscription reads “GENRIL SOME BODY.”

An on-line biography for the General reads:

“Born the son of Judge Beriah Loomis, Jr. and Mary (Benton) Loomis, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1811, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the artillery. During the War of 1812, he served in New York City till 1813. Participated in the capture of Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in May 1813. In December of that same year he was taken prisoner by the British upon their capture of Fort Niagara near Youngstown, New York. From 1815 to 1820, he served as an ordnance officer and participated in coastal surveys. He was promoted to captain in 1819, and in 1821 he transferred to the infantry. In 1832, during the Black Hawk War, Loomis was stationed at Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Promoted to major in 1838, and lieutenant-colonel in 1840. He was commended in the report of Major-General (later President) Zachary Taylor, in 1839, for securing the frontier lands of Georgia during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Loomis was given command of the Sixth Infantry Regiment at Fort Towson, Florida in 1842. At Fort Towson, he purchased books for a library and maintained a school on the post. In 1844, he was given command at Fort Gibson (in present-day Oklahoma). At his new post, he built a church and a school upon the fort's grounds. Served during the Mexican–American War (1846-1848), and then the Third Seminole War (1855-1858). During the Civil War, he recruited volunteers in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and superintended recruitment for the Union Army at Fort Columbus, New York. In the final year of the Civil War, after fifty-four years of service including participation in six wars, he was brevetted a Brigadier-General.”

General Loomis died in Stratford, Connecticut on March 5, 1872 and is buried in Grove St. Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.

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