This is a CDV of an IDENTIFIED Civil War general, General David Hunter, also known as Black Dave. He has quite a history! This image is of Union General David Hunter, aka "Black Dave, " wearing his officer's frock coat, with a black felt collar and gilt buttons. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was Colonel in command of the 3rd U. Cavalry, then later promoted to Brigadier General of the Dept.
General Hunter is probably most famous for his unauthorized March 1862 order abolishing slavery in the Dept of the South -- an order that Lincoln immediately rescinded. In Aug 1862, he was promoted Major General commander of the Western Dept.
Hunter helped organize the first black Union Army regiments, which fought in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. He participated in the Valley Campaigns of May--Oct 1864. Hunter burned the buildings of the Virginia Military Institute in June 1864 in retaliation for VMI sending cadets to fight at the Battle of New Market in May 1864. Hunter was defeated by Early at the Battle of Lynchburg on June 19, 1864.
After the War, Hunter was the president of the military commission that tried the conspirators of Lincoln's assassination. He served in the honor guard at Lincoln's funeral. On Wikipedia: Hunter also wreaked havoc on Washington College in Lexington, later Washington and Lee University. According to Fitzhugh Lee's biography of his uncle, Robert E.Lee, [Hunter] had no respect for colleges, or the peaceful pursuits of professors and students, or the private dwellings of citizens, though occupied by women and children only, and during his three days occupancy of Lexington in June, 1864, the college buildings were dismantled, apparatus destroyed, and the books mutilated. The photographer is identified by the backmark on the CDV as J. McCLEES, Artist, 910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. James Earle McClees began his photographic career as a daguerreian in 1847. He is credited with making the first collodion negative in this country.
McClees moved his gallery to 910 Chestnut St. The photograph of Genl David Hunter is mounted on a blank card with no decorative trim.
The CDV corners have been trimmed for fitting into a photo album. "Hunter" has been lightly written in pencil on the photograph, and "Genl Hunter" is written at the base of the photograph lightly in pencil in the same hand. Some biographical details have been written in pencil on the back of the CDV.There is a slight, barely noticeable stain at the right edge of the photograph. It does not interfere with the subject. This CDV carries a very rich Civil War history with it! It would be a wonderful addition to any collection. Please be sure to look at the photographs to judge the condition of this CDV for yourself. The photos are an important part of the description. I try to describe each CDV to the best of my ability, but I'm not an expert in this field. I welcome any comments in regard to uniform, rank, etc. The CDV shown in the photos. A new toploader sleeve to protect the CDV.
Just let me know when you're ready for an invoice. My STORE is still being stocked! I'll have CDVs of Civil War soldiers (a lot of them ID'd), civilian men, women, and children. I'll also have Cabinet Cards, Cased Images, Tintypes, and RPPCs. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs".twenty2" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.