A scarce image of Col. Judson of the 6th Kansas Cavalry, a New York State native.
William Russell Judson (1810- 1880), living at Fort Scott, Kansas, enlisted as the colonel of the 6th Kansas Cavalry in July, 1861, and was mustered out on March 11, 1865 at Leavenworth, Kansas. Colonel Judson was wounded at an engagement at Fort Smith. He was commissioned by brevet, a brigadier general in March of 1865, for gallant and faithful service during the war.
During its early service, the 6th Kansas Cavalry worked in small detachments along the Missouri and Indian Territory borders. As part of the Frontier Army, the regiment lost heavily at Muzzard’s Prairie, against a force of 600 Confederates in March of 1864. After this, now about battalion size, and attached to the Department of the Arkansas and saw many smaller engagements during the remainder of the war. The 6th Kansas was the largest cavalry regiment in the state.
Judson was a saddler & harness maker by trade, and later was in the lumber business. Being born in Otsego County, New York, he would later return to New York, and died in Elmira.
Clipped corners, but a very good image, and a scarce one at that. No photographer back mark.