(1818-1898) Graduated from West Point in the celebrated class of 1841 which contributed 20 general officers to the Civil War. He was seriously wounded in the Mexican War at the battle of Churubusco, and won the brevets of captain and major. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was in San Francisco as adjutant of the Department of the Pacific. He was commissioned brigadier general, on May 17, 1861, and upon his arrival in Washington, he helped to train and organize the Army of the Potomac. Buell was selected to lead the Army of the Ohio from Kentucky into eastern Tennessee, but because of the lack of railroads he urged an alternate route via the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers towards Nashville. His plan may have been a contributuing factor to the victories of General U.S. Grant at Forts Henry and Donelson which enabled Buell to march unopposed into Nashville. He arrived at the battle of Shiloh in time to stem the Rebel assault of the first day and turn almost certain defeat into a Union victory. He served under General Henry W. Halleck in the Corinth campaign, and on March 22, 1862, was promoted to major general. In June he was detached with four divisions to advance on Chattanooga and to repair the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. In September, he moved into Kentucky to resist the invasion by Generals Braxton Bragg and E.K. Smith and occupied Louisville. On Oct. 8, 1862, he fought the bloody battle of Perryville, Kentucky.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Buell is holding his bummer's kepi in one hand and the hilt of his sword in the other. 1862 imprint of Jas. E. McClees & R.W. Addis on the front mount. Very fine.