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CDV Image of General James McPherson - Killed at Atlanta

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This is a great war-time CDV being offered from a collection of Civil War photographs I recently acquired, it is of General James McPherson. The backmark is "C.W. Thorne / Manufacturer of / photo albums / & photographs / 60 Nassau St. N.Y."  

On July 17, 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis became frustrated with Johnston's strategy of maneuver and retreat, and replaced him with Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood. Hood was eventually defeated, and retreated into Atlanta. Meanwhile, McPherson had advanced his troops into Decatur, Georgia, and from there, they moved onto the high ground on Bald Hill overlooking Atlanta. On July 22, they noticed that the Confederate troops had left Atlanta.

Sherman believed that the Confederates had been defeated and were evacuating; however, McPherson rightly believed that they were moving to attack the Union right and rear. While they were discussing this new development, however, four divisions under Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee flanked Maj. Gen. Grenville Dodge's XVI Corps. While McPherson was riding his horse toward his old XVII Corps, a line of Confederate skirmishers appeared, yelling "Halt!” McPherson raised his hand to his head as if to remove his hat, but suddenly wheeled his horse, attempting to escape. The Confederates opened fire and mortally wounded McPherson.

McPherson was always well loved by his troops and even General Hood expressed his sincere sorrow for the death of his classmate and boyhood friend. This image is very clear and in nice condition, with no creases or bends. This is a rare and desirable image. 

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