Generals of the Cavalry Corps.

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tmh10

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  • Title: Generals of the Cavalry Corps.
  • Date Created/Published: [photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed between 1880 and 1889]
  • Medium: 1 photographic print on card mount : albumen.
  • Summary: Portrait photograph shows from left, Major General Philip Sheridan, Col. James William Forsyth, Chief of Staff Merritt, Brig. General Thomas C. Devin, Major General George Armstrong Custer.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-34051 (digital file from original item) LC-B8184-10409 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-BH831-741 (b&w glass neg.)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: LOT 4185, no. 2 [P&P]
 
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Eric Wittenberg

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David M. Gregg (Second Cavalry Division) and James H. Wilson (Third Cavalry Division) are missing. I suspect that this image was taken in 1865, after Gregg resigned and Wilson went west. Devin would have been in command of the First Division and Custer the Third Division then. Sandy Forsyth, next to Sheridan, was a staff officer, not a field commander. Custer and Merritt both have two stars on their uniforms: Merritt was a full major general of volunteers while Custer was a brevet major general. Neither held those ranks in the fall of 1864.

This image was definitely taken in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. From left to right:

Brig. Gen. Henry E. Davies, who commanded a brigade of the Second Division
Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg, commander of the Second Division
Sheridan
Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt, commander of the First Division
Brig. Gen. Alfred T.A . Torbert, commander of the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah
Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, commander of the Third Division

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Where was General Judson Kilpatrick when that picture was taken; on the Dahlgren Raid? And Stoneman too, south of Atlanta, or in the Carolinas'?
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Eric Wittenberg

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Where was General Judson Kilpatrick when that picture was taken; on the Dahlgren Raid? And Stoneman too, south of Atlanta, or in the Carolinas'?
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At that time, Kilpatrick would have been in Atlanta with Sherman's army, getting ready to march to the sea. Stoneman was probably just being exchanged after his time as a guest in Andersonville.
 
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Looking at that photo of Phil Sheridan, I can't help recalling how Lincoln described him:

"A brown, chunky little chap, with a long body, short legs, not enough neck to hang him, and such long arms that if his ankles itch he can scratch them without stooping."
 
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