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    Virginia Black Horse Troop Standard Bearer

    Sgt. Hamilton, 4th Virginia Cavalry Cased 1/9th Plate Ambrotype of Identified Confederate Cavalryman. The sitter in this portrait is Hugh Hamilton, flag bearer for The Black Horse Troop, Co. "H", 4th Virginia Cavalry. Perhaps Virginia's most famous cavalry company, the Black Horse Troop was formed in 1859 and served in every major campaign waged by the Army of Northern Virginia. Trooper Hamilton, who enlisted on March 15, 1862, is shown wearing the classic pleated "battle shirt" favored by so many rebels and is unarmed. The photographer has lightly tinted Hamilton's cheeks and green shirt giving the overall effect of this being a color image. Housed in a gutta-percha Union case embossed with foliate designs on both sides. A splendid Confederate image in very fine condition.
    An old note accompanying this image states that Hamilton died in camp. Not so. He survived the war, dying in 1928 after a career of public service which included being Treasurer of Fauquier County, Virginia.

    Provenance: Hamilton family; The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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