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General Meade and His Staff

General Meade and His Staff
Artist
Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Sitter
Thomas Wilson, 10 Jun 1832 - 30 May 1901
Frederick Rosencrantz, 1779 - 1879?
Francis Markoe Bache, 29 Jul 1833 - 23 Nov 1867
Thomas Andrew McParlin, 10 Jul 1825 - 28 Jan 1897
W. H. Payne
John Redman Coxe, 06 Oct 1829 - 29 Apr 1918
Campbell Dallas Emory, 23 Dec 1839 - 11 Mar 1878
Edward Livingston Campbell, 02 Feb 1833 - 27 Nov 1913
J. S. Smith
John Coalter Bates, 26 Aug 1842 - 04 Feb 1919
George Nelson Macy, 24 Sep 1836 - 13 Feb 1875
Henry Jackson Hunt, 14 Sep 1819 - 11 Feb 1889
George Gordon Meade, 31 Dec 1815 - 6 Nov 1872
George David Ruggles, 11 Sep 1833 - 19 Oct 1904
Richard Napoleon Batchelder, 27 Jul 1832 - 04 Jan 1901
Simon Forrester Barstow, 16 Dec 1817 - 31 Jul 1882
Date
1865
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 38.3 × 45.8 cm (15 1/16 × 18 1/16")
Mount: 47.4 × 59 cm (18 11/16 × 23 1/4")
Mat: 66 × 81.3 cm (26 × 32")
Topic
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Headgear\Hat
Architecture\Window
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Costume\Jewelry\Chain
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Symbols & Motifs\Star
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Goatee
George Gordon Meade: Male
George Gordon Meade: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\General
George Gordon Meade: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
George Gordon Meade: Science and Technology\Engineer\Military
George Nelson Macy: Male
George Nelson Macy: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
George Nelson Macy: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Henry Jackson Hunt: Male
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Brigadier General
John Coalter Bates: Male
John Coalter Bates: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
John Coalter Bates: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Captain
George David Ruggles: Male
George David Ruggles: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
George David Ruggles: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Richard Napoleon Batchelder: Male
Richard Napoleon Batchelder: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
Richard Napoleon Batchelder: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Simon Forrester Barstow: Male
Simon Forrester Barstow: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Simon Forrester Barstow: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Major
Thomas Wilson: Male
Thomas Wilson: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Thomas Wilson: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Lieutenant Colonel
Frederick Rosencrantz: Male
Frederick Rosencrantz: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Frederick Rosencrantz: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Captain
Francis Markoe Bache: Male
Francis Markoe Bache: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Francis Markoe Bache: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Captain
Thomas Andrew McParlin: Male
Thomas Andrew McParlin: Health and Medicine\Physician\Army\Surgeon
W. H. Payne: Male
W. H. Payne: Military and Intelligence\Army
Campbell Dallas Emory: Male
Campbell Dallas Emory: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Campbell Dallas Emory: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Captain
Edward Livingston Campbell: Male
Edward Livingston Campbell: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
Edward Livingston Campbell: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
J. S. Smith: Male
J. S. Smith: Health and Medicine\Physician\Army\Surgeon
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.81.16
Exhibition Label
The victor at Gettysburg, George Meade (1815–1872), seated center, ended the war with a sense that he had been overlooked and dealt with unfairly. Abraham Lincoln’s criticism that he had failed to vigorously pursue Robert E. Lee after Gettysburg still rankled. And while Meade retained command of the Army of the Potomac, Ulysses Grant’s decision to serve in the field meant that Meade would always be overshadowed by the Union’s commanding general, both in day-to-day decision-making and by reputation. Meade served faithfully and punctiliously under Grant, and Grant testified to Meade’s character in his Memoirs.
Meade was only the last of the many commanders of the Army of the Potomac who was bedeviled by the army’s nearness to Washington and the propensity of its officers to play politics. Aware of its history, Meade, who was a superior corps commander, had not desired overall command in 1863 but was unable to turn Lincoln down.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery