FULL STANDING CDV OF GENERAL JOHN CHARLES FREMONT-“THE GREAT PATHFINDER”

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Image shows Fremont posed by a column on which his forage cap rests. The General is posed with his hands resting on the hilt of his sword which is in front of him. The General wears the usual dark double-breasted frock coat with major general’s shoulder straps with black felt collar and cuffs and matching dark trousers. At his waist is his sash and sword belt. The forage cap looks to be a McDowell pattern with a U.S. in a wreath on the front.

Image is bright and clear with excellent contrast. There are some minor spots of discoloration around the General’s head but these do not detract from the attractiveness of the image.

Reverse has E. ANTHONY FROM A BRADY NEGATIVE back mark. Top of reverse has a period pencil inscription that reads “GENL. JNO. C. FREMONT.”

John Charles Frémont was born January 21, 1813 in Savannah, Georgia.  Before the Civil War he became known as “The Great Pathfinder” making a name for himself leading several expeditions into the west in order to explore and survey them for further expansion.  In July of 1838, he was appointed a second lieutenant in Corps of Topographical Engineers, and led four major expeditions into the west to survey and explore the regions.  During the Mexican War, Frémont led the California Battalion to capture the cities of Santa Barbara, Presidio, and part of Los Angeles.  He also signed the Treaty of Cahuenga, which ended the war in most of California.  After the war, Frémont received the military governorship of California, but when he refused to give up the seat, was court-martialed and resigned from the military on March 15, 1848.  Frémont served as a senator from California from 1850 to 1851, and ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States as the first Republican Party candidate in 1856.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Frémont a major general on May 15, 1861, and gave him command of the Department of the West.  He tried at first to officially bring Missouri into the cause for the Union, but instead brought about the end of his appointment when Lincoln feared that his actions would actually push Missouri to join the Confederacy.  He was moved to Virginia, and in June of 1862, met Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson at the battle of Cross Keys.  Frémont was unable to destroy Jackson’s army, and Jackson was able to slip away.  After the battle, Frémont’s corps was moved under the command of General John Pope, who Frémont strongly disliked.  He was relieved of command as a result of his own request, and never again received a command.

After the war, Frémont served as the territorial governor of Arizona from 1878 to 1887.

Fremont died on July 13, 1890 and was buried in Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, New York.  [ad]

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