Cabinet card presenting Union General David Hunter in uniform. Imprint of Rice, Washington, D.C. on verso with Hunter's signature below: "Compliments / D. Hunter / U.S.A."
An impassioned abolitionist, David Hunter (1802-1886) graduated from West Point in 1822 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th U.S. Infantry regiment. For many years, he was stationed in the northwest frontier, at Fort Dearborn, IL and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1860, during a stint at Fort Leavenworth, KS, Hunter began to correspond with Abraham Lincoln, and the two men forged a bond over their shared anti-slavery views. Early in the Civil War, Hunter was wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run in July of 1861. He was subsequently transferred to command the Department of the South, and in this capacity, memorably issued a controversial pronouncement, General Order No. 11, emancipating slaves in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida and encouraging them to join Union forces in the fight against the Confederacy. President Lincoln quickly overturned the Order, however, out of concern for the political fallout in slave-holding border states. After the Civil War, Hunter served on the military commission that tried the conspirators involved in Lincoln’s assassination.
Light surface soil and wear to edges/corners. Fine, spotty imperfections throughout, seemingly to negative.
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