STANDING CDV OF GENERAL CHARLES D. JAMESON

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Image shows Jameson posed with one hand resting on a podium and the other on his hip. Just to one side of him is a high-backed chair. The General wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with matching dark trousers. Frock coat has brigadier general’s shoulder straps.

Image is spotty but clear with good contrast. Mount has red border.

Reverse has multi-story building with E. ANTHONY FROM A BRADY NEGATIVE. Period pencil inscription reads “GENL. JAMESON.”

Charles Davis Jameson was born in Gorham, Maine on February 24, 1827. His family moved to the lumbering and sawmilling center of Old Town, Maine when he was still a child. Jameson became a successful lumberman, and in 1860 was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Maine. With the outbreak of war in 1861 he was elected Colonel commanding the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first Maine unit to leave the state for the front. He led his regiment into the First Battle of Bull Run and was soon made Brigadier General of Volunteers.

In the months after Bull Run the Democratic Party of Maine split into anti-war and pro-war factions, and Jameson became the gubernatorial candidate of the "War Democrats". He lost the election to Republican Israel Washburn, Jr. but narrowly beat the anti-war Democrat, John W. Dana. In 1862 with the war going badly, Jameson was largely abandoned by Democratic voters when he ran again.

Later that year at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Jameson was wounded and subsequently disabled by "camp fever" (likely typhoid fever) and allowed to return to Maine. He died in Old Town on November 6, 1862 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Stillwater, Maine.  [ad]

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