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Served as Governor of California
(1822-94) He was born in the western New York hamlet of Bustion, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in the celebrated class of 1846. His classmates were future Civil War Generals Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius N. Couch, George E. Pickett, and Cadmus M. Wilcox. Stoneman served in the 1st U.S. Dragoons, and the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, from 1846-61. He was appointed Chief of Cavalry, Army of the Potomac, with the rank of brigadier general, on August 13, 1861. He saw action in the 1862 Virginia Peninsula campaign, at Yorktown, and Williamsburg; at the battle of Fredericksburg; in the famous cavalry raid that took on his name, General Stoneman's 1863 Richmond Raid, during the Chancellorsville campaign; he commanded the Cavalry Corps, of the Army of the Ohio, during the Atlanta campaign, until he was captured on July 31, 1864, while on a raid designed to free the Union prisoners that were confined at the notorious Andersonville Prison, in Georgia. After his exchange, he operated in southwestern Virginia, East Tennessee and North Carolina in cooperation with General William T. Sherman's advancing army. After the war he settled in what is present day San Marino, California, and served as Railroad Commissioner of California. He was elected Governor of California in 1882 and served in that position for 4 years.
War period signature with rank: 4 7/8 x 1 3/8, in ink, George Stoneman, Maj. Genl. Slightly faded. Important Union Civil War General.