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    1/6th Plate Ambrotype Of A Wounded Fitzhugh Lee. Fitzhugh Lee, nephew of Robert E. Lee, is shown here in this 6th plate ambrotype recovering from an Indian arrow wound suffered in action during the winter of 1858 -1859 in a battle that left over 100 Indian warriors dead. Fresh from the West Point Class of 1856, Lee served with the Fifth US Cavalry in the Wichita Mountains under Major Earl Van Dorn, later a Confederate general himself. Serving with Kirby Smith, also destined for Confederate stars, Lee was wounded by an Indian arrow. Van Dorn was wounded in the same engagement, making three future Confederate generals all wounded on the same day by Indians before the Civil War while serving in the Union army! Seated to Lee's left in this ambrotype is another soldier who may be Smith. Lee went on to command cavalry under legendary General JEB Stuart in the Civil War while rising to the rank of Major General. Again wounded during war, this time at the battle of Third Winchester, Lee would rise to command the entire Confederate cavalry after Stuart was killed. This 6th plate ambrotype is in good condition in a gutta percha case with velvet interior. This is a unique pre-War find of a significant historical figure.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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