Commander in Chief of the Union Army
Lost the 1864 Presidential election to President Abraham Lincoln
Governor of New Jersey
(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846, and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, West Virginia, in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency of the United States in 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln. Served as Governor of New Jersey, 1878-81.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. 3/4 standing view, profile pose of "Little Mac" wearing his kepi, frock coat with rank of major general, and holding a pair of binoculars with leather strap. Backmark: C.D. Fredricks & Co., N.Y., Paris & Habana. There is a 2 cents George Washington, U.S. Internal Revenue tax stamp, with stamped Aug. 29, 1864 date on it, on the reverse. Excellent, scarce and very desirable pose of "Little Mac."