FULL STANDING INK ID VIEW OF CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER R. RANDOLPH HUTCHINSON WHO SERVED IN BOTH THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE AND THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA - BY REES

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CDV shows Hutchinson posed leaning against a column and cradling his sword in one arm. He wears a light-colored double-breasted frock coat with dark trouser that have a light-colored leg stripe. At his waist is his sash and sword belt with two-piece plate. The sword cradles in his left arm is a Model 1850 foot officers sword in a metal scabbard complete with sword knot.

Contrast and clarity are good but not good enough to make out the device on the belt plate or see the rank on the collar which is unusual for a Rees image. The mount is signed in period ink at bottom with “MAJ. R. RANDOLPH HUTCHINSON” over “CSA.” Bottom left corner of the mount is torn between “MAJ.” and the letter “R” but it is present. The edges of the mount and paper are in rough condition in that there is wear and much surface dirt but the subject is not touched.

The reverse shows the effects of silverfish action however the photographer’s imprint is readable - - S R. REES & CO… RICHMOND, VA. Written in period ink above the imprint is what looks to be “MAMIE.” There is also some collector information in pencil.

Robert Randolph Hutchinson (aka Ranney) was born in Petersburg, Virginia on August 28, 1837.

On May 3, 1861, Hutchinson was commissioned 1st lieutenant in Company G, 2nd Missouri Militia but shortly afterward joined the 1st Missouri Infantry as assistant adjutant general to Colonel and later Major General John Bowen with whom he served until that officer’s death by disease at Raymond, Mississippi on July 13, 1863.

After General Bowen’s death, Hutchinson was transferred to the Army of Northern Virginia where he served on the staff of General Robert E. Rodes. He was captured at the battle of Cedar Creek and remained a prisoner until the war’s end taking the Oath of Allegiance at Fort Delaware on June 15, 1865.

There is a notation in Hutchinson’s record at the National Archives that is worth transcribing as it gives the details of his service.

“JOINED COMPANY F, 1ST MISSOURI INFANTRY AND WAS ELECTED 2ND LIEUT. AUGUST 27, 1861. ASSIGNED AS A. A. GENL ON STAFF OF COL. JOHN S. BOWEN NOV 20, 1861. APPOINTED IN THE STAFF CORPS WITH THE RANK OF CAPTAIN A.A.G. MARCH 5, 1862, REMAINING ON THE STAFF OF GEN. BOWEN. SERVED WITH GALLANTRY IN THE FOLLOWING ENGAGEMENTS: SHILOH, CORINTH, HATCHIE BRIDGE, GRAND GULF, PORT GIBSON, BAKER’S CREEK, BAYOU PIERRE, BIG BLACK, BOMBARDMENT OF VICKSBURG, SEIGE OF VICKSBURG AND SURRENDER OF VICKSBURG.

AFTER EXCHANGE BEING RELIEVED BY DEATH OF GENERAL BOWEN SERVED TEMPORARILY ON THE STAFF OF GEN. PEMBERTON. PROMOTED TO MAJOR IN AUGUST OF 1863 AND SERVED ON THE STAFFS OF MAJ. GENS RHODES AND RAMSEUR IN ARMY OF NORTHERN VA. PARTICIPATING IN ALL THE BATTLES WITH THAT ARMY FROM AUGUST 1863 TO EARLY’S FIRST DEFEAT BY SHERIDAN WHERE HE WAS CAPTURED AND IS NOW A PRISONER OF WAR.

MAJOR HUTCHINSON HAS WON FOR HIMSELF A REPUTATION FOR GALLANTRY AND SKILL UNSURPASSED BY ANY OFFICER IN HIS DEPARTMENT.”

The author of this notation is not known.

After the war Hutchinson returned to St. Louis and started a career as a banker working his way up to president of the Mechanics Bank of St. Louis.

Hutchinson died in St. Louis on November 21, 1910 and is buried there in Bellefontaine Cemetery.  [ad][ph:L]

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