Never the Same After His Capture

Samuel Tilden Kingston, it was said, was not the same man after Confederates captured and imprisoned him in Richmond’s Libby Prison. The assistant surgeon of the Second New York Cavalry, he fell into enemy hands on March 1, 1864, during Union Col. Ulric Dahlgren’s failed raid on Richmond. Kingston was locked up in a basement dungeon of Libby and treated harshly by his captors. Conditions turned from bad to worse when papers ordering the assassination of Confederate President Jefferson Davis were reportedly discovered on the body of Dahlgren after he was killed.

Kingston was released after a short time in confinement, and he later returned to his regiment. He survived the war and became a physician and druggist in Oswego, N.Y. According to a document in his pension file, Kingston was “a very odd & peculiar person.” His wife also noted that he was peculiar with respect to arranging his financial affairs. Kingston died in 1889 at age 53.

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Never the Same After His Capture

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3 thoughts on “Never the Same After His Capture

  1. Ron,
    I see this photo has a Brady notation. Was it taken in NY or DC in your opinion? Is it back marked?

    In your opinion, do you think NARA photo was taken at the Brady Studios in NYC or DC? ARC Identifier 528442 / Local Identifier 111-B-4299 http://media.nara.gov/media/images/7/14/07-1396a.gif

    I plan on using the photo in my Mansfield bio and wanted to make a better-educated guess. Here is what I have now for my photo caption: “Mansfield shown as a colonel in his dress uniform with his model 1850 Staff and Field officer’s sword, taken in the Brady studios, Washington, D.C., or possibly New York City. His dress frock is wrinkled which may show that he was in New York City and had to unpack his uniform for the picture and did not have time to have it pressed. Note that his sash is buff colored general’s sash, rather than crimson. Perhaps he viewed his title as inspector general meriting buff vice a field officer’s crimson sash. Courtesy NARA.”
    Thank you,

    Larry Freiheit

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