General William Woods Averell CDV
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Offered is a CDV of General William Woods Averell.† Averell graduated West Point in 1851 and had two years rugged service against the southwestern Indians, during which he was severly wounded.† He invalided out until the outbreak of the Civil War.† He took part in the first battle of Manassass and was then commisioned Colonel of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry.† He participated in the Peninsular campaign as commander of a brigade; in the campaign which culminated at Sharpsburg; at Fredericksburg, in December, 1862; and in various skirmishes of the mounted branch of the Army of the Potomac.† His 2nd Cavalry Division won the first claimed victory of the Federal horse over the COnfederates at Kelly's Ford, Virginia, in March, 1863 - an action said to have been the turning point of cavalry fighting in the Eastern theater.† Meanwhile he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers on September 26, 1862.† After taking part in George Stoneman's famous but ill-starred raid on Richmond during the campaign of Chancellorsville, Averell was employed in monor operations in western Virginia until Philip Sheridan's Shenandoah campaign.† At the end of the war he was brevetted brigadier and Major general, U.S. Army, and resigned on May 18, 1865.

The image is a bust shot of Averell in a brigadiers uniform.† The backmark is "Photographed by Ewing & Co., Cumberland, MD.".† The upper right back corner is missing a small amount of the backing card.† This does not affect the image.

Item #: 15877
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