Very fine 1/2 view of Major General Henry Slocum. Slocum distinguished himself at Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg, where his command was on the right of the army, and repelled a charge made by Ewell's corps at daylight on July 3. Image in very fine condition with wear as shown in the scan. Please see his biography below. No backmark.
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Slocum, Henry W., major-general, was born in Delphi,
Onondaga county, N. Y., Sept 24, 1827. He was graduated at
West Point in 1852 and became second lieutenant in the 1st
artillery. After serving in the Seminole war in Florida he
was promoted first lieutenant on March 3, 1855, and was on
duty at Fort Moultrie, S. C., till Oct. 31, 1856, when he
resigned his commission. He then settled in Syracuse, began
practicing law, which he had studied while in the army,
entered political life, was elected to the legislature as a
Democrat in 1859, and from 1859 till 1861 was also instructor
of artillery in the state militia with the rank of colonel.
On May 21, 1861, he became colonel of the 27th N. Y.
volunteers. The regiment left Elmira for the front on July
1O, and eleven days afterward it passed through the first
battle of Bull Run. where its commander was wounded in the
thigh. On Aug. 9, while confined to the hospital, he was
promoted brigadier-general of volunteers. On his recovery he
was assigned to the command of a brigade in Franklin's
division, Army of the Potomac. In the Peninsular campaign of
1862 he took part in the siege of Yorktown and the engagement
at West Point; succeeded Gen. Franklin in command of the
division on May 15; reinforced Gen. Fitz John Porter in the
battle of Gaines' mill, June 27; and, with his division,
occupied the right of the main line in the battles of Glendale
and Malvern hill. On July 4, 1862, he was promoted major-
general of volunteers; on Aug 30 was engaged in the second
battle of Bull Run; Sept. 14 was in the battle of South
mountain; and, Sept. 17 added much to his brilliant record in
the battle of Antietam, in the latter part of which he was
assigned to the command of the 12th corps, succeeding Gen.
Mansfield, who had been killed. He further distinguished
himself at Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg, where his
command was on the right of the army, and repelled a charge
made by Ewell's corps at daylight on July 3. In October,
after the drawn battle at Chickamauga, the 11th and 12th corps
were detached from the Army of the Potomac and hastened to
reinforce the army in the Department of the Cumberland. In
April, 1864 Gen. Sherman consolidated the two corps into what
was afterward known as the 20th corps, and assigned Gen.
Hooker to the command. On this consolidation Gen. Slocum was
given command of a division and of the district of Vicksburg.
In August Gen. Hooker was succeeded by Gen. Slocum. When Gen.
Sherman made his movement around Atlanta to the Macon road, he
assigned Gen. Slocum to guard the communications, and when the
Confederates left their intrenchments about Atlanta to meet
the Federal army, Gen. Slocum threw his corps directly into
the city. In the march to the sea and through the Carolinas,
Gen. Slocum commanded the left wing of the army, comprising
the 14th and 20th corps. From June 29 till Sept. 16 he
commanded the Department of the Mississippi, and on Sept. 28,
1865, he resigned his commission, returning to civil life in
Brooklyn. In the election of 1865 he was defeated as
Democratic candidate for secretary of state of New York; in
1868 was a presidential elector; and in 1868 and 1870 was
elected to Congress. He was defeated by Grover Cleveland in
the Democratic convention of 1882 as a candidate for the
nomination for governor of New York, and in the same year was
elected Congressman at Large. Gen Slocum died at Brooklyn,
N. Y., April 14, 1894.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8