1850’s image of General Sandford, commander of NYSM’s 1st Division in the NYC area.
Taken during the 1850’s, this portrait photograph was published by E. Anthony from a Matthew Brady negative. The image of General Sandford must have been very popular, as he was commanding officer of the New York Militia’s First Division (in the NYC area) for over thirty years, and with the demand for his likeness, these negatives began to weaken in quality, and photographers and other publishers of same touched up the images to give them back the definition lost from over production. Gen. Sandford his viewed here in his overcoat and cape, holding his 1851 pattern general officer’s shako. He holds an Antebellum era militia sword with helmet pommel hilt in the other hand.
Major General Charles W. Sandford (May 5, 1796 – July 25, 1878). While in service, he was commanding his division in every major disturbance under his tenor, including the NY City draft riots of 1863. From the beginning of of the Civil War, Sandford served in the Union Army, from April 19th to July 25, 1861, under Brigadier Joseph K. Mansfield who ordered Sandford take charge in capturing Alexandria, Va., and also took part in the Battle of Hoke’s Run, ( July 2nd, 1861) under Major General Robert Patterson.