Louis Blenker, German by birth, became a Union Brigadier General after the Battle of the 1st Bull Run.
Louis Blenker, was commission as Colonel of the 8th New York Regiment in April of 1861, His regiment was held in reserve during the Battle of the 1st Bull Run, but was effective in protecting the retreating army as they scrambled back to Washington. He was promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers shortly after, and given command of the 1st Brigade, 5th Division of the Army of the Potomac. He was discharged in May of 1863, due to injuries due to fall from his horse earlier in the war.
Photographed by Matthew Brady (“Brady” marked in the negative), with back mark for E. Anthony, New York.
Period ink Id on the reverse, not a signature.
Fine condition of Blenker, as colonel of the 8th N.Y. in gray uniform, and holding sword and belt in his arm.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.