Wonderful early War Brady view of members of the 29th NYVI a predominantly German unit shown sitting in camp including the regimental drummer among others. Names in German as shown below from the original album.
General Alfred Duffie; “When the American Civil War broke out, Duffié enlisted in the Union Army. He first joined the 2nd New York Cavalry (also known as the Harris Light Cavalry), on August 9, 1861, and was soon promoted to the rank of captain. The somewhat quarrelsome Duffié was placed under arrest several times for confrontations with other officers; in one incident, he challenged General Fitz John Porter to a duel. In July 1862 Duffié was appointed to command the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, with the rank of colonel, by that state’s governor, Assigned to the command of General William Averell, they saw action against Confederate troops under Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson in August 1862, in fighting near
Cedar Mountain, Virginia. At the Battle of Kelly’s Ford in March 1863 Duffié ordered a charge, against Averell’s orders to keep on the defensive, which forced the opposing cavalry into retreat. When the Union cavalry was reorganized under Alfred Pleasonton, Duffié was promoted to divisional command. On June 9, 1863, Duffié’s division was assigned to the left wing of an intended assault on the Confederate cavalry, but initially lost its way, putting them behind schedule. Meanwhile, the Union right wing had opened the Battle of Brandy Station. Arriving on the field, Duffié was ordered toward the town of Stevensburg; there his division was halted by a smaller Confederate force. As a result, he was demoted back to regimental command. On June 17, 1863 he led the 1st Rhode Island on a reconnaissance mission toward Middleburg, Virginia. There he came close to capturing
Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B. Stuart; after his narrow escape, Stuart returned to Middleburg and inflicted a decisive defeat on Duffié’s regiment, only 61 members of the 1st Rhode Island got back to the Union lines. . His division of West Virginia volunteers saw action around Lewisburg in December 1863 and as part of General David Hunter’s 1864 campaign in the Shenandoah Valley. He also took part in operations against Confederate guerrilla leader John S. Mosby, promising to capture the so-called “Gray Ghost” and bring him back to Washington. Instead, it was Duffié who was captured by Mosby’s men near Bunker Hill, West Virginia, on October 20, 1864. Anthony/Brady bm.
CDV of Bvt Brigadier General John B Dennis. Served with the 6th Mass, then the 7th Connecticut Vols 9/61-1/65 rising from Capt to BBG. “John Benjamin Dennis (May 23, 1835 – December 26, 1894) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War who was subsequently appointed a brevet brigadier general. He was a metal worker before the war. At the beginning of the war, he served as a private with the 6th Massachusetts Militia. He later served as a captain in the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Pocotaligo in South Carolina. He was later captured at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, on June 2, 1864. After his release, he was appointed major and additional paymaster on January 25, 1865. He subsequently received appointments to the brevet ranks of lieutenant colonel and colonel to rank from March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the volunteers on July 31, 1865. On December 8, 1868, President Andrew Johnson nominated Dennis for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on February 16, 1869. After the war, Dennis was a lawyer and Internal Revenue Service official.