BUST VIEW OF THE COMMISSARY GENERAL OF THE CONFEDERACY

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Image is of Isaac M. St. John in Confederate uniform. He wears a frockcoat with a turned down collar, matching vest and bowtie.

Image has good clarity and contrast. Mount is good but paper has some staining along one edge and scattered light surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for VANNERSON & JONES… RICHMOND, VA. There is an old ink ID along with a faded earlier pencil ID. Bottom has collector information in pencil.

From the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Isaac Munroe St. John, commissary-general of the Confederate States during the closing days of the conflict, was a native of Augusta, Georgia, born November 19, 1827.  He took a degree at Yale in 1845, studied law at New York city, and became an editor of the Baltimore Patriot in 1847.

Then settling upon the profession of engineering he was engaged in railroad work, which brought him back to Georgia.  At the outbreak of the war, he entered the engineer corps, and was assigned to duty under General Magruder in Virginia, where he rendered valued service preparing the fortifications to oppose McClellan's first campaign.

In May, 1862, he was made major and chief of the mining and niter bureau, the sole reliance of the armies for gunpowder material.  He was promoted through a colonelcy to the rank of brigadier-general, and was made commissary-general in 1865, in which position he established a system by which the supplies for the army were collected directly from the people and placed in depots for immediate transportation.

After peace was restored, he resumed engineering in Kentucky, was chief engineer of the Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington railroad, built the Short Line to Cincinnati, was city engineer of Louisville, and from 1871 was chief engineer of the Lexington and Big Sandy railroad until his death, which occurred in West Virginia, April 7, 1880.  [ad] [ph:L]

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