FULL STANDING VIEW OF GENERAL ALFRED PLEASONTON, LEADER OF THE UNION CAVALRY AT GETTYSBURG

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Image is a CDV of General Pleasonton posed with his arms by his side with a cape draped over one shoulder. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with black velvet collar and cuffs with matching dark trousers and at his waist is a general officer’s sword belt. Visible on the one exposed shoulder is a major general’s shoulder strap.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Paper and mount have light surface dirt from age.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for E. & H.T. ANTHONY… NEW YORK. FROM A BRADY NEGATIVE. Top has a period pencil ID of “PLEASONTON.” There is also a period ink inscription of “CAVALRY COMMANDER, ARMY OF POTOMAC.”

A published biography of the General reads:

“Pleasonton, Alfred, major-general, was born in Washington, D.  C., June 7, 1824.  He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1844 and served in the war with Mexico, where he won the brevet of 1st lieutenant for gallantry at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma.  He was promoted captain in 1855, served during the disturbances in Kansas and was then from 1858 to 1860 assistant adjutant-general of the Department of Oregon.  He commanded a regiment in the Department of Utah from June to Aug., 1861, then took the regiment to Washington, and on Aug. 3, he was transferred to the 2nd cavalry, being subsequently engaged in the defenses of Washington.  He served in the siege of Yorktown and the Seven Days' battles, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, July 16, 1862, and commanded the advance cavalry division of the Army of the Potomac in the Maryland campaign in the fall of that year.  For his services at Antietam he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, and he subsequently took part in the Rappahannock campaign in the winter of 1862-63, and until June 1863; commanded the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac during the Pennsylvania campaign, and was brevetted colonel for his services at Gettysburg.  He was promoted major-general of volunteers, June 22, 1863, took part in the battles of Culpeper Court House and Brandy Station, Va., and in March, 1864, was transferred to the Department of the Missouri, where he was engaged in the defenses of Jefferson City, on Oct. 8.  He commanded subsequently the cavalry in pursuit of the Confederate Gen. Price, and routed him near Marais des Cygnes river on Oct. 25.  For his services against Price he was brevetted brigadier-general in the regular army on March 13, 1865, and his brevet of major-general U. S. A. for gallant and meritorious services in the field during the war bore the same date.  Gen. Pleasonton was mustered out of the volunteer service, Jan. 15, 1866, after having engaged in over one hundred battles and skirmishes, and he resigned his commission in the regular army in 1868.  He was subsequently for several years collector of internal revenue in New York city, and then became president of the Terre Haute & Cincinnati railroad.  In May, 1888, he was placed on the retired list with the rank of major.  Gen. Pleasonton died in Washington, D. C., Feb. 17, 1897.”

The General is buried in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  [ad] [ph:L]

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