CDV OF JOHN BRECKENRIDGE AS VICE PRESIDENT

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Item Code: 1138-67

Image is a three-quarter standing view of Breckenridge in a dark suit posed al-la-Napoleon with one hand tucked in his coat.

Paper and mount are good.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for E. ANTHONY… NEW YORK FROM A BRADY NEGATIVE. Top has ID in pencil.

From the collection of the late William Turner.

John Cabell Breckenridge was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1821 and was a graduate of Centre College and later Transylvania Law School in 1845.  He holds the record as the youngest Vice President ever elected to office, serving under President James Buchanan starting in 1856.  In 1859, a year before his term as Vice President was to expire; he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Siding with the slaveholding faction of his native state during the secession crisis of 1861, Breckinridge resigned and accepted a post in the Confederacy as brigadier general, and was quickly promoted to major general in April of the following year.  He commanded at Shiloh and in the summer defense of Vicksburg.  Failing in an attack on Baton Rouge, he distinguished himself at Murfreesboro, in Johnston’s campaign to relieve Vicksburg, and at Chickamauga. He accompanied General Jubal Early on the raid on Washington and in the Battle of Monocacy.

Following his service with Early, Breckinridge took command of Confederate forces in southwestern Virginia where Confederate forces were in great disarray. He reorganized the department and led a raid into northeastern Tennessee. Following a victory outside of Saltville, Breckinridge discovered that some Confederate troops had killed black Union soldiers the morning after the battle, an incident that shocked and angered him.

In February of 1865 Breckinridge received the appointment of Secretary of War by Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  However, the war did not last long enough for Breckinridge to prove himself as a desk leader, and he quietly returned to a small law practice in Lexington.  He died and was buried there in May of 1875.  [ad] [ph:L]

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