CDV OF U.S. GENERAL GEORGE STONEMAN

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Three-quarter standing studio view of Stoneman. He wears a double-breasted coat with general’s shoulder straps. He also has a sash, sword belt with sword hanging at his side, and he holds a slouch hat in other hand. Image is clear with good contrast and detail. A modern pencil “Stoneman” is under the photo on front. Mount is trimmed at corners. Pencil identification and photographer’s backmark, E. Anthony, New York from a Brady negative, are found on the back.

George Stoneman Jr. (August 8, 1822 – September 5, 1894) was a United States Army cavalry officer and politician who served as the fifteenth Governor of California from 1883 to 1887. He was trained at West Point, where his roommate was Stonewall Jackson, and graduated in 1846. Stoneman served in the Army for thirty-six years, though he was relieved of command in 1871. During this time, he was involved in multiple conflicts, including the Mexican–American War, where he did not see any combat, the Yuma War, and the American Civil War. In 1861, Stoneman was promoted to Brigadier General, and was later put in command of the Army of the Potomac's 3rd Infantry Corps, and subsequently the newly-created cavalry corps.

At the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863, under the command of Joseph Hooker, Stoneman failed in an ambitious attempt to penetrate behind enemy lines, getting bogged down at an important river crossing. Hooker placed much of the blame for the Union army's defeat on Stoneman.

While commanding cavalry under General Sherman in Georgia, Stoneman was captured, but soon exchanged. During the early years after the American Civil War, Stoneman commanded occupying troops at Memphis, Tennessee, who were stationed at Fort Pickering.

He moved out to California, where he had an estate in the San Gabriel Valley. He was elected as governor of California, serving between 1883 and 1887. He returned to New York State for medical treatment. He suffered a stroke in April 1894 from which he was unable to recover. Stoneman died in Buffalo, New York on September 5, 1894 at age 72 and was buried at Bentley Cemetery in Lakewood, New York.

This image was part of the Ray Ritchie collection. [jet] [PH:L]

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