JOSEPH C. BRECKINRIDGE
Autograph Sentiment signed as Inspector General of the US Army
Autograph Sentiment signed: "J. C. Breckinridge/Inspector General U.S.
Army", 4x2½ card. Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1842-1920) fought in the
Union Army in the Civil War (1842-1920), campaigning with Sherman's army and
rising to the rank of major. In 1890, promoted to brigadier general, he became
the US Army's Inspector General. He was promoted to Major General at the
outset of the Spanish-American War. The Breckinridge family of Kentucky is
the perfect example of the splits engendered by the Civil War. Joseph
Breckinridge's father, Robert J. Breckinridge, a slave-owner, supported Abraham
Lincoln and the Union cause, giving a moving pro-Union speech at the Republican
National Convention of 1864. Two of Joseph Breckinbridge's brothers and his
brother-in-law fought for the Confederacy, however, as did his cousin, John
Cabell Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States (1857-1861), southern
Democrat candidate for President in 1860, and thereafter a Confederate general.
Very lightly toned. Adhesive residue on verso - no show-through. Fine
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MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH C. BRECKINRIDGE
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