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Following in the shoes of another gallant & daring cavalryman George Armstrong Custer; Col. Charles Dodge was promoted Brigadier General November 29, 1862 after just over a year in service. This made Dodge the youngest full Brigadier General in U.S. Army history. Recommendations for his promotion included many prominent citizens including Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. He, by far, would always be the youngest American Cavalry General as Custer would not become General until he was 23. Only one general during the Civil War would be appointed at a younger age, Uriah G Pennypacker in 1865, and his appointment was a novelty as he was breveted on the field January 15, 1865 as he was expected to die! He survived and was given a full brigadier commission April 28, 1865 after Lee’s surrender, though it was retroactive to February 1865.

Dodge’s regulation double-breasted general’s frock coat retains all of its original buttons and original straps. This well-tailored frock has velvet collar and cuffs, matching velvet backgrounds on Brig. General straps; gold buff general’s sash and saber belt. An impressive addition is his 30” tall cavalry boots with spurs still attached.

Gen. Dodge rubbed his older West Point graduated superiors the wrong way; they did not like the way Dodge reconnoitered at will along the southern Virginia coast and he resigned in June 1863 having a subordinate officer promoted over him to Major General. Dodge had been earlier wounded during the battle of Suffolk. A military record written by Dodge should be read, (linked online) and his original manuscript accompanies this archive along with several wartime letters and covers. His appointment to Colonel, signed by New York Governor, also accompanies. Dodge returned to New York City and was in charge of troops quelling the New York City draft riots in 1864.