CDV OF C.S. GENERAL ISAAC M. ST. JOHN

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Chest-up view with folded arms of St. John in Confederate uniform. He wears a double-breasted frock with general’s collar insignia. Image is clear with very nice contrast. No photographer’s backmark.

Isaac Munroe St. John (November 19, 1827 – April 7, 1880) was a Confederate States Army brigadier general during the American Civil War. He was a lawyer, newspaper editor and civil engineer before the Civil War and a civil engineer after the Civil War.

St. John began the Civil War as a private. By October 1861, he was an engineer in the Army of the Peninsula and by April 1862, he was Brigadier General John B. Magruder's chief engineer at Yorktown, Virginia in the Peninsula Campaign with the rank of captain. He soon became the Chief of the Bureau of Nitre and Mining, an assignment which he held until February of 1865. In this position, he produced gunpowder and metals for the Confederate Army, even as the Union blockade of Southern ports became increasingly effective. He was appointed lieutenant colonel, CSA, Nitre and Mining Corps, May 28, 1863.

On February 16, 1865, by special act of the Confederate Congress, St. John was promoted to brigadier general and was appointed commissary general of subsistence because of his procurement skills.

After the war, he was chief engineer for the Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railroad from 1866 to 1869. Then, he was city engineer for two years with city of Louisville, Kentucky. He became a civil engineer for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and ultimately the head of its Mining and Engineering Department. Isaac Munroe St. John died April 7, 1880 at The Greenbrier at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.  [jet] [ph:L]

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