Killed by his own pistol in 1862!
(1821-62) He was the son of Union General Robert Patterson, and brother-in-law of Union General J.J. Abercrombie. Served in the Mexican War with distinction as lieutenant of the 1st U.S. Artillery. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was appointed Colonel of the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry, serving on the Potomac line. Promoted to brigadier general of volunteers, April 15, 1862, he commanded the 3rd Brigade, of Hooker's Division, of Heintzelman's 3rd Corps, at Williamsburg and 7 Pines. On November 22, 1862, near Occoquan, Va., General Patterson was found dead in his tent, killed by accidental discharge of his own pistol!
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Excellent quality, chest up view in uniform with shoulder straps, and wearing a felt hat with artillery insignia on the front. Brig. Gen. F.E. Patterson is written in period ink on the front mount. Backmark: F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia. Very sharp image. Excellent condition. Rare.