WAIST-UP CDV OF MARYLAND CONFEDERATE GENERAL ARNOLD ELZEY

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Elzey is shown seated wearing a light-colored double-breasted frock coat with three large stars of a colonel on his collar.

Clarity is good but the contrast is a bit light. Paper is good but the top corners of the mount have been clipped and there is some light surface dirt.

Reverse is blank.

An on-line biography of Elzey gives the following information:

Arnold Elzey Jones was born December 18, 1816, at Elmwood, the residence of his parents, on the Manokin river, in Somerset County.  He was graduated at West Point in 1837, and commissioned lieutenant of artillery in the United States army.  Finding several officers in the army bearing his paternal name, he adopted that of his paternal grandmother, Elzey, by which he was subsequently known.

As an artillery officer he served with credit during the Seminole outbreak in Florida, and when war was declared between the United States and Mexico, he was in command of a battery at Brownsville, Tex., where he had the honor of firing the first gun of the war.  From this opening gun, until the surrender of the City of Mexico, he was with the armies of Taylor and Scott, participating in nearly every battle, and was twice brevetted for gallant and meritorious conduct on the field.

In 1860, with the rank of captain of artillery, he was in command of the United States arsenal at Augusta, GA, which he surrendered with the honors of war upon the demand of superior forces soon after the fall of Fort Sumter.  He then conducted his command to Washington, after which he resigned his commission and made his way to Richmond, where he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel in the Confederate service.

At the first battle of Manassas, Elzey, then ranking as senior colonel in Kirby Smith's brigade, had the honor, after General Smith was wounded, of leading the successful charge, on the afternoon of the day's hard fighting, which turned the tide of battle, broke the Federal forces, and ended in a rout of the almost victorious army of McDowell.  For this gallant service he was complimented by General Beauregard, who styled him "the Blucher of the field, " and was promoted brigadier-general on the field by President Davis, who had witnessed the gallant action.

In command of a brigade, General Elzey was with Stonewall Jackson all through his celebrated Valley campaign of 1862, and the opening of the Seven Days' fighting before Richmond.  At the battle of Port Republic he was slightly wounded in the leg, and his horse shot under him, and in the engagement at Cold Harbor he was desperately wounded, a minie ball entering on the right side of his face just above the mouth and passing transversely entirely through his head and out behind his left ear. This injury prevented his further service in the field, but after his almost miraculous recovery he was promoted major-general and put in command of the department of Richmond, where he continued until the fall of 1864.

He then joined General Hood as chief of artillery of the army of Tennessee, and participated in the operations against Sherman's line of communication.

After the end of the war, being permitted to return to Maryland, he retired with his wife, and only son then living, to a small farm in Anne Arundel County.  Here this intrepid soldier and modest unassuming gentleman passed the remainder of his days, honored for his manly virtues, and beloved for his gentle qualities.

He died February 21, 1870, while on a visit to Dr. Frank Donaldson, at Baltimore. He was buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.  [ad] [ph:L]

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