(1824-1903) Known in the army as "Baldy," he graduated in the West Point class of 1845 ranking #4. As an engineer officer he spent his years before the Civil War in a variety of surveys and exploration duties, as an instructor at the Military Academy, and as a member and secretary of the lighthouse board. In July 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 3rd Vermont Infantry and saw action at the 1st battle of Bull Run. On August 13th of that year he was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a division of the 6th Corps in the Peninsular and Antietam campaigns, and commanded the corps in the battle of Fredericksburg. Sent to the western theatre, he was chief engineer of the Department of the Cumberland and later held the same position in the Military Division of the Mississippi. Praised by Grant, Sherman and Thomas, he made a valuable contribution to the assault on Missionary Ridge. Grant brought him east in 1864 and gave him command of the 18th Corps of Butler's Army of the James. His corps was later attached to the Army of the Potomac in time to take part in the bloody battle at Cold Harbor, and in the Petersburg campaign.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view in uniform with rank of major general, and wearing a badge. Backmark: Bogardus Photographer, 363 Broadway, New York. Light age toning and wear.