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    One of the most remarkable and gruesome Civil War CDVs we've ever catalogued

    Post Mortem Portrait of Confederate Guerilla Captain William H. Stuart. Stuart rode with the notorious "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Small paper label attached at the top, "The Guerilla Capt. Wm. H. Stuart/ Entered According to Act of Congress in the year 1864, by O. D. Edwards...." and the accompanying paper work includes a copy of a photograph of Edwards and an accompanying bio that specifically mentions this image. The reverse of the image bears the ink notation "Presented by E. A. Robinson (?) Boone Co. Mo." A newspaper account from the Columbia Missouri Statesman, November 25, 1864, reports "11/18/1864 Death has overtaken another notorious desperado and robber, in the person of rebel captain Stewart (sic), who, a companion to Anderson, and a participator in many of the enterprises of that brigand, has been a curse to this section for many months past. Stewart was killed at the house of McDonald in old Franklin, Howard County, on Friday last, by a cattle drover......(Stewart) was shot by one of the drovers and killed instantly. One shot penetrated his neck, another entered near the mouth and a third passed fairly into the corner of the forehead.....The drover who killed him was in town on Wednesday and had in his possession a photograph of the desperado taken (by Boonville photographer O. D. Edwards) after death, exhibiting plainly the holes where the fatal bullets entered (see cover of this issue)." Really incredible documentation of the image.

    As remarkable as the image itself, however, is the family history that accompanies it. A companion affidavit from the consignor states that the photograph "belonged to my great-grandmother, Mary Ann Templeman Bruce. It came down through the family to me....The picture of Stuart was presented to Mary Ann as confirmation that this horrible man was dead. She took red ink and drew blood around the bullet holes in his head and on his shirt. Stuart murdered Mr Welks, the father of her last child, Sarah Elizabeth. They were never married." The affidavit contains further information related to Mary Ann, as well as other family members who participated in the Civil War. Additional paper work includes a copy of a photograph of Mary Ann as well as additional family records. The image is in rather poor condition with a number of edge chips and one crack but intact and quite sound with every detail crisp and clear. A most rare and historic Civil War photograph.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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