Armed with pistol and sword
(1822-96) Born in Somerville, New Jersey, he graduated from Yale, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1846, and commenced practice in Newark, N.J. He served as a general of New Jersey troops, and led the 4th Division in General Irvin McDowell's army with distinction at the 1st battle of Bull Run. He received special commendation from General McDowell for his zeal and efficiency in commanding the division "during the advance on Manassas Junction," McDowell adding that his efforts were of "great service to the army and the people." Fort Runyon, constructed in northern Virginia to protect Washington, D.C., was named in his honor. He was appointed major general in 1863, and put in command of all troops in the New Jersey National Guard, serving in this position until 1873. He also served as the mayor of Newark, N.J., 1864-66. In 1893, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Excellent full standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Large revolver is prominently displayed, tucked inside of his belt, and he holds his sword in one hand, and a chasseur style kepi in the other. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Rare.