This item came from a descendant’s estate, with other material and photographic images related to several of those Patterson’s in military service, and others in political life, etc.
CDV Of Brigadier General Francis E. Patterson. Photographed by P. F. Cooper, Philadelphia, 1862. Patterson was born in Philadelphia, son of General Robert Patterson. Francis or “Frank” was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Mexican War, promoted to 1st Lt. in 1847, and promoted to captain, in 1855, when he transferred to the Regular 9th U.S. Infantry, resigning in 1857. At the outbreak o the Civil War, he reentered army service as colonel of the 17th Penn. Volunteer Infantry in April of 1861; later promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Vols.
At Catlett’s Station, Patterson withdrew his brigade upon unconfirmed reports that Confederates were in his area. General Sickles accused him of retreating without orders and called for a court of inquiry into Patterson’s conduct. On November 2, 1862, it is believed that Patterson took his own life with his revolver in his tent in a act of temporary insanity.
This image was taken from the family cdv album (I have included a photo of the album which is NOT INCLUDED in this lot).
Condition is very good – fine.