DescriptionConfederate General Henry "Harry" Heth Prewar Albumen Photograph with Two Additional Photographs of his Daughter, Ann. Measuring 7" x 9", Heth is pictured in a U.S. Army uniform in this oval, vignetted waist up antebellum portrait. Looking directly at the camera, he has a saber strapped over his left shoulder; his cap is tilted slightly to the right of his head. Clipped corners; mounting remnants along the upper edge. Lower right corner shows minor damage.
Accompanying the photo are two additional cabinet cards of Heth's daughter, Ann. Both are affixed to 4" x 8" Davis, Richmond mounts and show the young woman in the same studio, though she is wearing a different dress in each. The edges of each mount show some light rubbing and soiling.
Henry Heth (1825-1899) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1847 at the bottom of his class and served on the Western frontier during the Indian Wars of the mid-nineteenth century. He resigned his commission at the outbreak of the war and joined the Confederate Army as a lieutenant colonel, serving for a time as Gen. Robert E. Lee's quartermaster. In January 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general in command of the so-called Army of the New River. He commanded a brigade in A.P. Hill's division at Chancellorsville where, despite several blunders, he was eventually elevated to major general and given command of Lee's Third Corps. He is best-remembered today for "accidentally" starting the Battle of Gettysburg. At war's end, Heth surrendered with Gen. Lee at Appomattox Court House.
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