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    Great Confederate Civil War Prisoner of War Grouping. items related to Sgt. James Bishop White of Co. B 60th Tennessee Inf., and his brother Lt. Jasper White of the same regiment. The grouping is accompanied by a two page, 8 1/2" X 14", C. 1900, typewritten biography of James Bishop White, written by a family member, detailing his Civil War experiences. According to the biography White was captured, along with many other members of his regiment Including likely his brother), on May 17, 1863 in an encounter with Grant's Army near Big Black River, Miss. on May 17, 1863. He was transferred to Point Lookout, Md. as a prisoner, where, the biographer believes, he spent the remainder of the war The biography also states the "he and a friend of his made some spending money by making rings of gutta percha, silver, gold and pearl" and that one of the rings (not included here) remains in the possession of the biographer, O. L. White.
    The group includes the following: A great 1/6 plate ambrotype of White wearing a gray shell jacket with large, 4 hole bone buttons, belt with two piece interlocking buckle, Enfield cartridge box, and M1816/22 bayonet in scabbard. He holds in front of him a M1816/22 musket converted to percussion. Image exceptionally bright and crisp (you can actually see the proof marks on the breech of the musket). Some abrasions around the edge, apparently from moving under the mat, but not affecting actual image, which is perfect. Housed in a double case with a 1/9 plate tintype of what is very likely Jasper White, James' brother, who also served in the 60th Tennessee, as a commissioned officer, and was also captured, in paper album mount, neatly groomed and in civilian clothes. Both housed in a near perfect, brass hinged, push button, black pebbled leather case. Also included is a 2 1/2" X 6" ink script note, signed by Martha Jane White, to which are attached two hand carved rings. One of bone with red tinted motif of a diamond surrounded by dots, the other of wood with the relief carved initials D. O. C. The note states the rings were made by Jasper White, "while in Lake Erie Prison during Civil War...hand carved for MJR...Nearly starved - took maggots out of crackers and ate them." Wonderful grouping including an absolutely great ID'd Confederate image.


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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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