Major General Edward R. S. Canby - circa 1863


Major General Edward R. S. Canby - Theodore Lilienthal

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Edward Richard Sprigg Canby (November 9, 1817 – April 11, 1873) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the Civil War. During the Civil War, he was head of the Department of New Mexico, and defeated Confederate general Henry Hopkins Sibley at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

In 1873, he was the commander of the Pacific Northwest, and was killed during peace talks with the Modocs in northern California. He was the only U. S. general to be killed in the Indian Wars. This photo was taken by photographer Theodore Lilienthal, in Louisiana, probably when Canby was returning to Washington D. C. in about 1863.

We know General Canby's name today from the town of Canby, Oregon, and from Fort Canby, north of the mouth of the Columbia.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1294
Photographer Theodore Lilienthal
Location Louisiana
Subject Military, Portraits
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 6.0 x 8.4 inches
Photographer's Number No