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    Confederate General's Collar Insignia of Thomas Lafayette Rosser. 2.5" x 4.5", buff wool background with three heavy gold bullion embroidered stars encircled by a wreath of leaves and acorns, as prescribed in Confederate regulations for general grade officers. One of the Confederacy's most capable cavalry commanders, Rosser resigned from West Point two weeks prior to graduation on April 22, 1861, and accepted a commission as 1st lieutenant in the regular Confederate service. His gallant conduct at First Manassas and Mechanicsville brought him to the attention of J. E. B. Stuart and he was commissioned as colonel of the 5th Virginia Cavalry. Leading the 5th to brilliant success, Rosser was commissioned a brigadier from September 28, 1863 and assumed command of the famed Laurel Brigade, doubtless the point in time that he donned this insignia. In November 1864 he assumed command of Early's cavalry in the Shenandoah and was promoted to major general. Rosser initially refused to surrender at Appomattox and cut his way to freedom, but was later captured and paroled in May 1865. Both pieces in very fine condition, untouched and acquired from Rosser's direct lineal descendants. Generically very rare, with only a handful of existing examples.

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