James Newton Dickson of the famed 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Signed carte view of James Dickson of the famed “Rush’s Lancers”


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Carte view identified as Lieutenant James Newton Dickson of the famed 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry better known by their moniker, “Rush’s Lancers”. At the outbreak of war James would muster into the “Commonwealth Artillery” of Philadelphia as a corporal. Shortly afterwards he would be commissioned into Company A of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry beginning in October, 1861 as a 2nd lieutenant. He would be promoted to 1st lieutenant and Commissary of Field Subsistence in April, 1862. A promotion to captain would come on March 1, 1863. James would serve with the regiment all through the Peninsular Campaign. He would be present at all of the major battles in which the regiment would be engaged starting with Yorktown. South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and more would be added to the list of engagements. During the Stoneman’s Raid he was credited with capturing a captain with the 48th Mississippi Infantry. He would however resign in January, 1864. Apparently the idleness of sitting on the sidelines while a war raged got the better of him and he would take a commission as a lieutenant with the 3rd U.S. Artillery for a short time. This one is signed on the back in Dickson’s hand. Very nice view of this officer from a hard fought and famous unit.

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