Scarce CDV with Brady, New York and Washington backmark, showing a vignetted view of Samuel D. Sturgis as brigadier general.
Sturgis (1822-1889) graduated from the US Military Academy in 1846 along with McClellan, Reno, Gibbon, Picket, and T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson. He served with the 1st US Dragoons in the Mexican War. During the Civil War, he served with the 1st US Cavalry and fought at South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg as a brigadier general.
After the war, he received the rank of colonel in 1869 and was given command of the 7th Cavalry, thus making him George Armstrong Custer's immediate superior. Sturgis was not present when Custer's command was wiped out at the Little Big Horn, but his son, James, was and lost his life with the rest of the unit. Sturgis appears to have taken the loss hard, and took personal command of the regiment against the Nez Perce in 1877. He retired in 1886. Sturgis, SD is named after him.
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