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General David Hunter (1802-1886) on Horseback
Date: ca. 1864
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Medium: Black crayon on beige paper
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. ( 21.6 x 14 cm ) Mat: 18 x 14 in. ( 45.7 x 35.6 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Object Number: 1904.10
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Marks: inscriptions: Inscribed on mount: Gen. David Hunter at Monocacy, 6th Aug, 1864
Inscribed: Signed at lower right in black crayon: "D."; old mount reputedly inscribed: "General David Hunter at Monocacy, 6th Aug. 1864"

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General David Hunter graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1822. After attaining the rank of captain, he resigned from the army in 1836 to settle in Chicago. He returned to military service six years later, however, and served as a major in the Mexican War. In the Civil War he fought for the North and rose to the rank of major general. After the war, Hunter was a member of the honor guard that accompanied the body of President Lincoln to Springfield, Illinois.