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    One of the Greatest Civil War Confederate Images We Have Ever Cataloged.

    Quarter-Plate Ambrotype with Period ID of Major William J. Alexander, 46th Texas "Frontier" Cavalry. The "Frontier" Cavalry, Texas State Troops, was organized in March of 1862. The unit served in the Trans-Mississippi Department on the Texas frontier, principally against Indians. It was formed with 1,240 men and in April, 1865 totaled only 102. The few remaining men disbanded prior to the surrender in June, 1865. On July 25, 1863 Major Alexander and a troop of twenty-five men intercepted eight well-armed and well-provisioned men near Hondo, Texas. The eight men were judged to "traitors" headed to Mexico to avoid Confederate service. Around a campfire it was suggested that the traitors be quickly dispatched by hanging. The men were bound and one-by-one they were hanged on a hair rope. One of the men begged to be shot rather than being slowly strangled. A Confederate trooper complied by firing a rifle at the prisoner, but he fell only wounded. Another Confederate then shoved the muzzle of his rifle against the prisoner's chest and pulled the trigger. He had mistakenly left the ramrod in the weapon and it went through the prisoner, pinning his body to the ground. After the war, Major Alexander and his participating men were indicted for murder. By that time, Alexander had moved to Arkansas where he established a medical practice. No one stood trial for the murders.

    The image is of superb quality and about perfect condition. Alexander wears a regulation style double breasted gray frock coat with lighter color (doubtless yellow or buff) cuffs with quartrefoil. Standup collar of the same light color with Major's rank on each side. Very wide brimmed dark hat. Saber belt with what appears to be an unusual variant US M-1851 sword belt plate, with the butt of a percussion revolver, likely in a holster, at his side. Oddly, rather than a cavalry saber he holds a M-1850 foot officer's sword with steel scabbard and brass mounts. Light tinting on belt plate, revolver and sword. A truly stunning Confederate image that radiates all of the 'romance' of the proverbial 'lost cause'.


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