CDV OF C.S. GENERAL ROGER A. PRYOR

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Waist-up, seated view of Pryor in civilian clothes. Image is clear with very good contrast. Period ink identification along bottom edge of mount. Photographer’s backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

Roger Atkinson Pryor (July 19, 1828 – March 14, 1919) was a Virginian newspaper editor and politician who became known for his fiery oratory in favor of secession; he was elected both to national and Confederate office, and served as a general for the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. In 1865 he moved to New York City to remake his life, and in 1868 brought up his family. He was among a number of influential southerners in the North who became known as "Confederate carpetbaggers."

Pryor agitated for immediate secession in Virginia, but the state convention did not act. He went to Charleston in April, to urge an immediate attack on Fort Sumter. Pryor was re-elected to his Congressional seat but, Virginia declaring secession meant he never took his seat.

He entered the Confederate army as colonel of the 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to brigadier general on April 16, 1862. His brigade fought in the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Manassas. Pryor was captured on November 28, 1864, and confined in Fort Lafayette in New York as a suspected spy. After several months, he was released on parole by order of President Lincoln and returned to Virginia.

In 1865, an impoverished Pryor moved to New York City. He established a law firm with the politician Benjamin F. Butler of Boston. Butler had been a Union general who was widely known and hated in the South. Pryor became active in Democratic politics in New York.

He died on March 14, 1919 in New York City and is buried in Princeton Cemetery, in Princeton, New Jersey. [jet] [ph:L]

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