(1821-78) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843, and served with great distinction in the Mexican War earning the brevets of captain and major. On Aug. 9, 1861, President Lincoln appointed him a brigadier general of volunteers and in the course of the Peninsular campaign he commanded the 2nd Division of Keyes's 4th Corps. On July 25, 1862, he was promoted to major general and commanded all the Union troops in Virginia south of the James River. The following spring, while commanding at Suffolk, Peck rendered his finest service of the war by beating off the Confederate divisions of John Bell Hood and George E. Pickett, who were under the command of James Longstreet. He was seriously injured in this encounter. On July 5, 1864, Peck was assigned to the command of the Canadian frontier in the Department of the East.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform with rank of major general. Brady, New York imprint on the front mount. Backmark: Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries, Washington, D.C., and New York. Very sharp image. Rare.