DescriptionCabinet Card of Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, Texas Navy, ca. 1880s. This is a rare cabinet card photograph of Edwin W. Moore, Commander of the Texas Navy from 1839-1845. The image is a hand-painted transfer from an earlier photograph, likely a daguerreotype. The cabinet card is marked by Foster of Richmond, Va., and has a fine imprint on the reverse side. There is also a period ink inscribed notation on the front and reverse, "Rare picture of Commander E.W. Moore of the Texas Navy."
Commander Edwin W. Moore (1810-1865) was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy when he resigned to become Commander of the Texas Navy. He sailed with a crew in 1840 and quickly established the Texas Navy on the Yucatan coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing several vessels. Sam Houston commissioned Moore to blockade the Texas Coast, but when there was a drop in funding Moore took matters into his own hands, formed an alliance with the Yucatan Rebels, and went after the Mexican Navy. Houston and the Texas Congress tried to have Moore charged with piracy, but he was eventually vindicated and continued his service. Historic image of the founder of the Texas Navy. Measures approximately 6.5"x 4.25".
Condition: Good with minor breaks on the bottom corners, and flaking throughout. Image has not been affected greatly and has good color tone.
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