Pristine Carte View of General Joseph Rosewell Hawley

Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry


Item No. CV38677 Category


Beautiful carte view of Brigadier General Joseph Rosewell Hawley. At the outbreak of the Civil War he helped recruit the first company in the 1st Conn. volunteers was commissioned its 1st lieutenant, and commanded the company at the battle of Bull Run. After the first three months’ service he helped Recruit, the 7th Conn. volunteers, of which he became lieutenant-colonel and went south with his regiment with the Port Royal expedition, the regiment engaging in the four Months’ siege of Fort Pulaski and garrisoning the place after its surrender. Having succeeded Col. Alfred H. Terry to the command of the regiment, Col. Hawley led it in the battles of James Island and Pocotaligo, and in the Florida expedition, and subsequently commanded the Port of Fernandina, Jan., 1863, and made an unsuccessful attempt to capture Charleston. He commanded a brigade on Morris Island in the Siege of Charleston and at the capture of Fort Wagner, and in Feb. 1864, commanded his brigade in the division of Gen. Truman Seymour in the bloody and disastrous Battle of Olustee. In April, 1864, he went to Virginia as commander of a brigade in Terry’s division and participated in the battles of Drewry’s Bluff, Deep Run, Darbytown Road, and various affairs near Bermuda Hundred and Deep Bottom, and subsequently commanded a division in the Battle of New Market Road and took part in the Siege of Petersburg. Having been made brigadier-general in Sept., 1864, he commanded a picked brigade sent to New York in November, to keep peace during election, and in Jan., 1865, when Gen. Terry was sent to lead the operations against Fort Fisher, Gen. Hawley succeeded him to the command of the division, and on Gen. Terry’s return became his chief of staff. He was military governor of the district of southeastern North Carolina from February to June, 1865, was chief of staff to Gen. Terry in command of the department of Virginia, with headquarters at Richmond, until Oct., 1865, when he returned to Connecticut, was brevetted major-general of volunteers, and on Jan. 15, 1866, was honorably discharged from the service. This is a pristine carte view of the general photographed in this very relaxed pose holding his cap in hand with the numeral “7” seen on the embroidered hat badge on the front of the cap. Period ink id on the reverse and back marked out of Hartford, Connecticut.

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