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    Confederate Major Lamar Fontaine Carte de Visite Twice Signed. 2.25" x 3.75". Fontaine is seen in a full length studio portrait in full uniform, a crutch held in his right hand and his hat in his left. Fontaine's sash and buttons have been hand-tinted. Below his image he has signed, "L Fontaine / Major of Cavalry C.S.A." On the verso, he has inscribed this photograph: "Mrs. Sherry E. Shotwell / From her Cousin / Lamar." The image is bent diagonally from lower left to the upper right corner. Some silvering can be seen in the dark area.

    Lamar Fontaine was born in Mexican, Texas in 1829. He served as a Texas Ranger until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he joined Co. "A," 10th Mississippi Infantry. Severely wounded at the First Battle of Manassas, he refused to be discharged and was transferred to the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. He served gallantly as a scout and courier throughout the war, participating in at least twenty-seven engagements and receiving several wounds. He was commissioned Major in the 4th Alabama Cavalry in 1863. Captured in 1864, he was brought to Charleston as one of the "Immortal Six Hundred," one of 520 Confederate officers and enlisted men landed on Morris Island as human shields to prevent the shelling of that island by Confederate guns. This carte was part of an album belonging to the Shotwell family of Peewee Valley, Kentucky, site of a Confederate cemetery.


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