Post Civil War
Cabinet Card Photograph of Civil War Union Generals McClellan & Getty at the Artillery Academy at Fort Monroe
c. 1875 Cabinet Card Photograph, Civil War Generals McClellan & Getty and Party at the Artillery Academy at Fort Monroe, Choice Very Fine.
This choice quality Cabinet Card size Photograph measures about 6.5” x 4.25”. The reverse has a period inscription that reads “Genl McClellan, Genl Getty and party”. It depicts General George McClellan and his wife, with General George W. Getty and his wife along with other military officers and distinguished civilian men and women posed on and around a Civil War period piece of artillery. That cannon and others are seen scattered about what appears to be the parade grounds of the Artillery Academy. We believe that the Photograph was taken during the time that General Getty served as the Commander of the Academy or perhaps later (in 1879) when he served on the Schofield Commission - the 1879 Board of Conduct which exonerated former Civil War V Army Corps commander Major General Fitz John Porter and reversed Porter's War period Court Martial. Generals McClellan and Getty (and their wives) are seen at the far left end of the group – McClellan in civilian garb and Getty wearing his uniform. A number of younger officers and civilian women round out the “party”.