Outdoor Stereoview of Gen. A. A. Humphreys holding his sword, looking very warrior like. Early 1870's stereoview, not imprinted with a photographer's name but most likely produced by Taylor & Huntington of Hartford, CT.
In fine condition with wear as shown in the scan.
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Humphreys, Andrew A., major-general, was born in
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 2, 1810, and was graduated at the
United States military academy in 1831. From the time of his
graduation until the outbreak of the Civil war, with the
exception of two years 1836-38, when he was employed by the U.
S. government as a civil engineer, he was constantly on duty,
most of the time in the engineer department, engaging in
topographical and hydrographical surveys of the delta of the
Mississippi river, and on other important engineering works,
and on Aug 6, 1861, was promoted major corps of topographical
engineers. He was chief topographical engineer under Gen. G.
B. McClellan at Washington, Dec., 1861, to March, 1862, and in
the Army of the Potomac, being engaged in the defenses of
Washington, the siege of Yorktown the battles of Williamsburg,
and the movements and operations before Richmond. He was made
brigadier-general of volunteers, April 28, 1862, and in
September, of that year assumed command of a division of new
troops in the 5th corps of the Army of the Potomac, which
division he led in the Maryland campaign. He engaged in the
battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, at the latter
commanding the extreme left of the army, was then transferred
to the command of the 2nd division of the 3rd corps, which he
commanded at Gettysburg under Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, and he
was promoted major-general of volunteers, July 8, 1863. From
that time until Nov. 1864, he served as chief-of-staff to Gen.
Meade, and was then given command of the 2nd corps, which he
commanded in the siege of Petersburg, the actions of Hatcher's
run, and the subsequent operations ending in the surrender of
Lee's army. Having previously been promoted lieutenant-
colonel of engineers and brevetted colonel, U. S. A., for
gallantry at Fredericksburg, Gen. Humphreys was awarded, on
March 13, 1865, the brevet of brigadier-general, U. S. A., for
gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Gettysburg,
and that of major-general, U. S. A., for similar service at
Sailor's creek. He was mustered out of the volunteer service,
Sept. 1, 1866, having served after the march to Washington
following Lee's surrender, in command of the District of
Pennsylvania and subsequently in charge of the Mississippi
levees. He was made brigadier-general and chief of engineers,
Aug. 8, 1866 the highest scientific appointment in the United
States army, with charge of the engineer bureau in Washington.
This office he held until June 30, 1879, when he was retired
at his own request, serving during this period on lighthouse
and other important boards. During his military career he
served in seventy engagements, covering Indian warfare and the
Civil war. He was a member of various scientific societies
and author of several works on scientific and historical
subjects. Gen. Humphreys died in Washington D. C., Dec. 27,
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8