INK ID & PENCIL SIGNED THREE-QUARTER STANDING VIEW OF NEW YORK COLONEL BY BRADY, CHARLES A. JOHNSON

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CDV shows Charles A. Johnson posed with one hand resting on a marble topped table. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with lieutenant colonel shoulder straps and dark trousers. Behind Johnson is his dark colored overcoat or cape draped over a chair and his forage cap with infantry hunting horn and regimental number is on the table next to his hand.

Image has good clarity and contrast. Paper and mount have only light surface dirt from age and storage. Image appears to be signed in faint pencil just in front of Johnson. Inscription reads “COL.C. A. JOHNSON 25 NY.”  Bottom of mount is marked BRADY…WASHINGTON.

Reverse has period ink inscription “COL. JOHNSON.”

Charles Adams Johnson was born in Utica, New York on April 3, 1826 and was a descendent of President John Quincy Adams.

Johnson was in college at Yale when the war with Mexico broke out. He left his studies and served as a Lieutenant in Company D, 10th US Infantry in Mexico.

During the Civil War the 36 year old Johnson was commissioned a captain in the 14th New York Infantry in April of 1861 but was not mustered in.

On May 24, 1861 he was commissioned major of the 17th New York but was discharged for promotion on October 4, 1861 when he became lieutenant-colonel of the 25th New York. While with the 25th Johnson was promoted to Colonel on February 21, 1862.

The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and was present for Ball’s Bluff but was lightly engaged. They saw their first heavy action at Hanover Court House on May 27, 1862 where the regiment lost 22 dead, 78 wounded and 63 captured. Among the wounded was Colonel Johnson. The severity of the wound is not known.

The 25th went on to see action on the Peninsula, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

Colonel Johnson was mustered out at New York City on July 10, 1863.

After his service Johnson practiced law in Utica. In 1881 he moved to New Haven, Connecticut where he opened a law office. He committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart on March 31, 1891and is buried in New Haven’s Evergreen Cemetery.    [ad]

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