Elzey, Arnold (ON HOLD)

War-dated ADS as CSA Major General while commanding Richmond defenses, pass for a family to Loudon & back

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(1816-1871) Maryland-born CSA Major General, one of few to receive an on-the-field promotion to general by President Davis. USMA 1837, born Arnold Elzey Jones, Jr. dropped Jones from his name. Fought in Second Seminole War, served at Detroit during territorial disputes with Canada. Cited for bravery during battles of Contreras and Churubusco in the Mexican-American War. Promoted to captain 1849, served in Florida during Third Seminole War 1849-50 and again in 1856. Following secession and formation of the Confederate States of America, Elzey surrendered Augusta Arsenal to the Confederates Jan. 1861, he took his men to Washington in early April where he resigned his commission. Went to Richmond and joined Confederate army as colonel of the newly formed 1st Maryland Infantry, CSA, assigned to Brigadier General Edmund Kirby Smith. Fought at First Manassas, and, when Smith was wounded, Elzey, as senior colonel, assumed command and led a successful charge, for which he received the thanks of commanding general P.G.T. Beauregard and was promoted on the field to Brigadier General by Jefferson Davis. In 1862, Elzey commanded a brigade under Ewell during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign and was wounded at Cross Keys. He was shot through the head at Gaines Mill which kept him from active field command for the rest of the War. After he recovered sufficiently to perform administrative and desk duty, he was promoted to Major General dating from Dec. 4, 1862 and assigned command of the Dept. of Richmond, charged with defense of the Confederacy's capital. Later relieved of command, raised the Local Defense Brigade, militia group primarily of government clerks, and helped organize the Virginia state reserves. Named Chief of Artillery for the Army of Tennessee, traveled to Georgia to serve under Hood. However, with Hood's army essentially wrecked in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, he was relieved of duty Feb. 17, 1865, and assumed command of militia at Augusta, Georgia. Paroled May 1865, Elzey returned to a small farm in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 6 ½ x 7 ¾ ADS to General Winder, Richmond, Va., January 31 1863: “Give pass to Mr. Robt. Bentley & Family to Loudon & back” signed as Major General, adds place & date. Docket on back. With unsigned E. & H.T. Anthony studio of New York backstamped carte-de-visite photograph in CSA uniform.

Condition: Very good
Type:Document






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