CDV OF LUCIUS B. NORTHROP, C.S. COMMISSARY-GENERAL

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Bust view of Northrop in Confederate uniform. He wears a double-breasted frock with collar insignia. Image is clear with some foxing overall. Photographer’s backmark, “HOPE” in New York.

Lucius Bellinger Northrop (September 8, 1811 – February 9, 1894), was the Commissary-General of the armed forces of the Confederate States of America. Appointed by Confederate president Jefferson Davis, a personal friend, Northrop was responsible for the logistics and supply chain that transported food, clothing, and forage to the Southern armies of the American Civil War, particularly the Army of Northern Virginia. Northrop was also responsible for supplying the prison camps that housed Federal prisoners-of-war, such as Andersonville.

As the Confederate Commissary-General, Northrop faced almost insurmountable logistical problems. Overall, his performance in supplying food, shoes, clothing, and other necessities to the armies of the Confederacy has been judged inadequate.

After the war, Col. Northrop was arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 30, 1865,[3] by the victorious Federals and confined for four months as an officer who had given aid and comfort to the Confederacy, and for the privations suffered by federal prisoners-of-war during Northrop's service as Commissary-General. After his release in November 1865, he lived in obscurity on a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Beset by his continued knee problems and by the challenges of age-related disability, in 1890 he retired to the Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers' Home in Pikesville, Maryland, where he died. He is buried in New Cathedral Catholic Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.   [jet] [ph:L]

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