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    Doubtless among the most remarkable Confederate images we've ever catalogued

    Two Sixth Plate Ambrotypes of Cpl. Silas Shirley, 16th Mississippi Inf., Killed at Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 12, 1864. Shirley was present with the regiment from his enlistment on July 10, 1861, through all major eastern theater actions, including Gettysburg, until his death. Both images, obviously done at the same sitting, depict Shirley wearing a black trimmed 'battle shirt' with three buttons highlighted in gilt. A leather sling suspends what appears to be a covered tin drum canteen. Hatless in one portrait, he wears a wide brimmed slouch hat in the other. In both images, a hand lettered sign on the table at his side proclaims the motto "Victory or Death". Both images are balsam sealed ambrotypes and exhibit some typical spidering but emulsion very sound. Both images of superb quality, bright and crisp. Both housed in half cases. A remarkable set of Civil War Confederate images for both visual impact and historical context.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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