John Buchanan Floyd (June 1, 1806 – August 26, 1863) was the 31st Governor of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of War, and the Confederate general in the American Civil War who lost the crucial Battle of Fort Donelson. From 1849 to 1852, Floyd served as the Governor of Virginia. In March 1857, Floyd became Secretary of War in the cabinet of President James Buchanan, where his lack of administrative ability was soon apparent, including the poor execution of the Utah Expedition. In December 1860, on ascertaining that Floyd had honored heavy drafts made by government contractors in anticipation of their earnings, the president requested his resignation.... read more
VERY rare, original, 1860's, CDV Photograph of Confederate Civil War General, Governor of Virginia and United States Secretary of War John B. Floyd by Mathew Brady. This fantastic, period, albumen Photograph measures approx. 2” x 3 1/4” and is mounted on its original, square corner CDV Card Mount (card measures approx 2 3/8" x 4"). The portrait is printed on the reverse with the photographers mark that reads in part "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony... Manufacturers of the Best Photographic Albums". This wonderful, 3/4 length, standing portrait pictures Floyd in civilian dress and was likely taken by Mathew Brady sometime in early 1861 while Floyd was serving as the U. S. Secretary of War.