Lot 53    

Edward Davis Townsend Autographed CDV as Brigadier General
6/23/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
A cdv portrait of E.D. Townsend, with S.M. Fassett's Chicago backmark, and inked inscription below image E.D. Townsend / Brigdr. Genl. U.S.A.

Townsend (1817-1893), the grandson of Vice President Elbridge Gerry, was educated at Boston's Latin School before graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1837. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Second U.S. Artillery, serving as that regiment's adjutant and participating in the Second Seminole War and the relocation of the Cherokee. In 1846, he was transferred to the Adjutant General's Corps and assigned to duty in Washington, D.C. From 1851-56, he served on the Pacific Coast, but he returned to Washington for the remainder of his career. In 1869, Townsend was promoted to Brigadier General and became Adjutant General. He retired in 1880. Townsend died in Washington in 1893 after an accidental shock from a cable car.


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