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    Civil War - Identity of Two Star General in Photo?

    I have been trolling the uncharted recesses of my photo collection and dredged up this photo CDV of what appears to be a two star general. I have never been able to identify him. Does anyone have any ideas on his identity or even possible sources of information about same?

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    A trip to the Library of Congress may be in order, but you might start here, in case they have it online--

    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html
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    This site indicates it is an albumen print in 2 3/8" by 4" format. Also that is would almost have to have been made post-war. Matthew Brady started using this in late 1865. As to the officer's identity, your guess is as good as mine.
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    Jon,

    If nobody can help you out in the next day or two, I"ll send a link to this thread to a few living history folks I know. Maybe one of them can make an ID.

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    It looks like William Henry Beck of Pennsylvania ..

    http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/whbeck.htm

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    Thanks for the notes, everyone. I went through the LOC site for quite a while but could not find a match. The size is something closer to 4 inches by 5.25 inches - sorry for not including that info. The 627 Penn Ave gallery did not open until 1868, but I am not sure if that necessarily means that the image was captured post-war. The 627 Penn Ave gallery closed around 1880. I am assuming the photo is closer to 1868 since I think CDV's were falling out of favor possibly even before 1870. The vexing thing is that it looks for all the world like a Union general but I have not been able to match it to anyone. There were not that many Major Generals roaming the countryside back in the day!

    Edit: Sorry JNanian - I did not see your post before I posted this one!

    Best,
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    Beck didn't make rank until after 1900 though.
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    And according to the Arlington site, he died a Brigadier General.

    According to the Wikipedia page on the Confederate Army, a Lt. Colonel used the insignia of two stars--

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederate_States_Army

    Did the Brady studio make portraits of Confederate officers?
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    red herring i guess ...

    they guy looked like they could have been the same person !
    i know cabinet cards were made well into the early 1900s of some
    of the civil war veterans ... so maybe it was made later than
    just after the civil war ... i wonder when brady's studio closed down ...

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    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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