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Brevet Major General Adolphus Studer 15th Iowa Volunteer Infantry


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Wonderful, signed carte view of Major General Adolphus Studer. Adolphus, a Swiss born immigrant, would receive his military training in Switzerland prior to his arrival in Des Moines, Iowa ahead of the war. At the outbreak of war he would organize Company B of the 15th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in September, 1861 serving as a lieutenant with the company. The following May, Adolphus would be promoted to captain and would help lead the regiment during the battles of Shiloh, where he would be wounded, Corinth and Grenada. In January of 1863, persistent health issues and his previous wounding would compel Adolphus to tender his resignation. The following May, he would take a commission as captain and commander of Company D., 18th Reserve Corps stationed in Washington. Following Lincoln’s assassination, Adolphus would lead the first pursuit in an attempt to capture Booth and his conspirators. His brevet to major general would come in March, 1865. Adolphus would remain with the 18th Reserve Corps until 1866 when he would take an active part in the Reconstruction, serving as the General Superintendent of Education in Louisiana. In 1871 he was appointed to the position of American Consul in Singapore where he would remain until 1899. History has laid the blame or at least partial blame on Adolphus for causing the Atjeh War which lasted some 35 years and resulted in the deaths of countless Dutch and Indonesian lives which is a whole separate story of it’s own. This view shows Adolphus photographed in Washington late in 1865. A beautiful period ink inscription across the front bottom by Adolphus dates the inscription to November 8, 1865 and is signed “A. J. Studer Capt 18 V.R.C. U.S.A.”. Back marked by Gardner. Exceptional carte view and history.

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