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    Pre-War Ambrotype of Confederate Surgeeon Dr. Samuel H. Caldwell, of General Forrest's Command. Dr. Samuel Houston Caldwell had just graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia when this 1/4th plate ambrotype was taken. He and his wife Mary were wed just two years later. He then joined the Confederate Army as a battlefield surgeon and major with the 46th Tennessee Infantry. Caldwell was captured at Island Number 10 in 1862 but later paroled as medical officers were generally released at that stage of the war. He made his way back to his home in Paris, Tennessee. It was there that he joined the 16th Tennessee Cavalry, later known as the 21st Tennessee Cavalry. It was through that unit that he became forever associated with the famous Confederate cavalryman General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Caldwell would serve the remainder of the war as Forrest's battlefield surgeon, making his way across the South seeing the results of much action at his field hospital. After the war, Caldwell remained active in Confederate Veterans organizations, especially the United Confederate Veterans, attending reunions all over the South.

    This 1/4th plate ambrotype is in very good condition with some lines on the lower coat and the white areas while the face is pristine. Caldwell is pictured in a three-piece suit and is wearing a heavy gold watch chain and fob in his vest. The picture is in a bright oval frame which retains 90% of its gilt. The light brown leather case with a tooled floral pattern front and back is in excellent condition as well. This is a fabulous photograph and accompanying case that depicts a man who rose to being a Confederate surgeon and major with the famed General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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