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    Confederate General Harry T. Hays Carte de Visite Signed. Affixed to a Vannerson & Jones mount measuring 2.5" x 3.75", the heavily bearded general is seen in a vignetted neck up portrait. His signature appears below his image. An extensive pencil inscription on the verso gives details of Hays' service. Corners are clipped and rounded; two spots of discoloration appear to the right of Hays' face.

    Harry T. Hays (1820-1876), the brother of famous Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays, was a veteran of the Mexican War who practiced law before the war. Hays joined the Confederate Army as colonel of the 7th Louisiana Infantry in 1861. Hays participated in the First Battle of Manassas and was wounded at Port Republic. He recovered and was promoted to brigadier general, assuming command of the 1st Louisiana Brigade, the "Louisiana Tigers." He led the brigade at the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He was captured at Rappahannock Station, but was able to make an escape. He was severely wounded at Spotsylvania Court House and was thereafter transferred to the Trans-Mississippi. His promotion to major general occurred in the last days of the war and was never approved by the Confederate government. After the war, he served a year a sheriff of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, but was removed from office by Gen. Phil Sheridan.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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