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Peter J. Hudson
Date: 1864
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Medium: Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 11 x 9 in. ( 27.9 x 22.9 cm ) mat: 18 x 14 in. ( 45.7 x 35.6 cm )
Object Number: X.368
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Marks: inscriptions: Inscribed bottom: H. Balling/ Oct 10th, 1864 P.J. Hudson ADB etc
Inscribed: Signed and inscribed at left under bust in graphite: "H. Balling / Oct. 10th, 1864."; at lower left: "This water color represents / Col Peter Hudson late of General / Grant's staff A.W. Edsten / Wash DC July 1 -- 87"; at lower right: "P.J. Hudson A.D.C.J sent Genl / Grant /; Iowa"

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Hudson was appointed captain in the Union army in 1863. He later joined General Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg and was with him on his campaigns from Chattanooga and Culpeper to Appomatox. In April 1865 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and made General Grant's aide-de-camp.