CDV of Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock

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CDV of Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock

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Item No. 2133318

A nice CDV of Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock. Born in 1798, Hitchcock was a career military officer serving at various posts until his resignation in 1855 over a disagreement with then-Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. After the start of the Civil War, Hitchcock applied to return to the service, but was rejected. It was only after the intervention of Winfield Scott that he was commissioned a major general in February 1862 and became special adviser to the Secretary of War. From March 17 to July 23, 1862, he served as the chairman of the War Board, the organization that assisted President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in the management of the War Department and the command of the Union armies during the period in which there was no general-in-chief. (Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan had been relieved of his responsibilities as general-in-chief and Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck had not yet replaced him.) Hitchcock sat on the court-martial of Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, which convicted the general of disobedience and cowardice. From November 1862 through the end of the war he served as Commissioner for Prisoner of War Exchange, and then Commissary General of Prisoners.

The carte is in excellent condition, measuring about 2 1/2” x 4”. There is no backmark, but the reverse has a period pencil ID.

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