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Captain Alexander McClurg 88th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

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Very nice carte view of Alexander McClurg of Illinois. Initially,  McClurg enlisted as a private in Company D of the 16th Regiment Illinois State Militia. However, the regiment was deemed unnecessary and it was disbanded after a few months. He would briefly return to Chicago before before enlisting after a second call for troops. McClurg helped to raise a regiment called the Crosby Guards, which were merged into what would become the 88th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Famously known as as the “Second Chicago Board of Trade Regiment”. McClurg would be named a captain and within a month, the regiment saw action during the Battle of Perryville. Following the regiment’s arrival in Nashville, McClurg was named a judge advocate of a general court martial. General Alexander McCook quickly took notice of McClurg’s skill in the proceedings and named McClurg his acting assistant adjutant general. Serving in that role, Alexander would play a significant role in planning the Tullahoma Campaign. Following a command reorganization after the Battle of Chickamauga, McClurg was reassigned to the staffs of Sheridan, George Thomas and Absalom Baird. Baird named McClurg his adjutant general, assisting with the Chattanooga Campaign. In April of 1864, he was named adjutant general to John Palmer, assisting with planning and carrying out the Atlanta Campaign. Following Palmer’s resignation, General Jefferson Davis requested the services of McClurg as adjutant general and Chief of Staff of XIV Corps and promoted to McClurg to lieutenant colonel. With the war winding down, General George Stoneman offered McClurg a similar position with the Army of the Tennessee, but McClurg refused the position. He would finally be mustered out of service in September of 1865, receiving brevets to both colonel and brigadier general. This view shows the colonel holding his rain coat with his cap tucked up under his arm. Very nice view of this well accomplished officer. Back marked by Brady. 

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