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    Extremely Rare Confederate Brigadier General John H. Winder Carte de Visite, no backmark. Winder is shown in a U. S. Army dress uniform complete with Hardee hat shortly before the Civil War. The image has been heavily re-touched in brown hues. This was possibly done for reproducing in a newspaper or magazine since a pencil inscription on the verso reads "1 Column wide Touch up like the others" The CDV is also identified and carries an old museum number. A couple of tiny edge nicks, else very fine condition. John H. Winder of Maryland was a career officer, being a veteran of the Seminole and Mexican Wars. Winder's legacy would have held an honorable place in the history of the United States had not he been placed in charge of the Confederacy's prisoner-of-war system. As such, Winder's very name became an anathema to Northern soldiers and civilians alike. Regardless of who was to blame, the fact remains that thousands of Union soldiers died in rebel prisons. Winder, of course, would have been a convenient culprit. The aging general died in Florence, South Carolina, perhaps fortunately, before war's end and was thus spared the indignity of a war crimes trial. This is the only war-date photograph of Winder we have seen making it very rare.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


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    June, 2007
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