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Tango0106 Jan 2013 10:14 p.m. PST

A very interesting photo of George Armstrong Custer and James Washington (George Washington descendant) taken at Fair Oaks May 31, 1862.

Custer and Washington were friends and former classmate at West Point.



We know the history of Custer, but anyone know what happened to James Washington?

Thanks in advance for your guidance.


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 10:28 p.m. PST

Here is one answer along with a colorized version of photos


James Barroll Washington attended West Point and his name can be found there in the 1860 census along with 20 year old George Armstrong Custer, later General George Custer of the Battle of Little Big Horn . The two were friends at West Point, but were on opposite sides during the Civil War. As Lieutenant Washington, James was an aide on General Johnston's staff, but was captured by Union forces in 1862 when carrying dispatches. Here he met Captain George Custer and the occasion was recorded in two well known photographs by the famous photographer, Matthew Brady. One photograph used a posed contraband ex-slave to illustrate the cause of the war.

After the Civil War, James had an apparently quiet career as an accountant with the Boston and Ohio Railroad Company. In the 1870 census, James and Jane are recorded in Baltimore with three children, William Lanier Washington (30 Mar 1865-11 Sep 1933), Benjamin, and Lewis.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 10:29 p.m. PST

No clue at all. Great pictures, and thanks.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 2:35 a.m. PST

I've never seen a colorized version of civil war photos. Very interesting.

Who asked this joker07 Jan 2013 7:23 a.m. PST

I was not able to see the color photo in the link but here it is with the text.


Who asked this joker07 Jan 2013 7:23 a.m. PST

I've never seen a colorized version of civil war photos. Very interesting.

Under google images, search for colorized civil war photos. You will get a bunch.

Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 7:37 a.m. PST

George Washington did not have any descendants only step-children. He did have a nephew Bushrod Washington that could be the ancestor of James Washington.

Tango0107 Jan 2013 10:54 a.m. PST

Many thanks for your great guidance boys!.


donlowry Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 12:06 p.m. PST

George Washington did not have any descendants only step-children.

Right. R. E. Lee's wife was the daughter (and only child) of George Washington Parke Custis, Martha Washington's grandson by her first husband and the adopted son of George Washington. It was he (Custis) who built Arlington House. In his will he left a lifetime interest in Arlington to the daughter (Mrs. Lee) but upon her death it was to pass to her eldest son, Custis Lee. However, Stanton had it seized for non-payment of taxes and turned the grounds into Arlington Cemetery.

Legion 409 Jan 2013 9:49 a.m. PST

Very interesting ! I wonder if there are any long distant relatives of GW still around ? Like 5th or 6th cousins "removed" as they say …

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