David Hunter (1802-1866)

Hunter was a Union general during the Civil War who after taking over the department of the South in 1862, captured and demanded the surrender of Fort Pulaski. He abolished slavery in his department of the army, an action repudiated by Lincoln on the grounds that Hunter surpassed his authority. He then raised a black regiment, the 1st South Carolina, which was approved by Congress. After Lincoln's assassination, Hunter served as president of the committee that tried the conspirators.

Date:
1861 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES14215
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
1090px
Width:
654px
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