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    Confederate Cartes-de-Visite: Edmund Kirby Smith, Gustavus Woodson Smith and Raphael Semmes. Five (5) cartes including Edmund Kirby Smith (1824-1893) by R. Wearn, Columbia, South Carolina, two (2) of Gustavus Woodson Smith (1821-1896), a full standing, (foxed), and head shot, both by E & H.T. Anthony, New York; and two (2) of Raphael Semmes (1809-1877), one a head shot by Anthony, New York, and a sitting Semmes by C.D. Fredricks & Company, New York. The latter from a captured CDV album from Mobile, Alabama, April 1865. Kirby Smith, a Florida native, arrived just in the nick of time to give Confederates a victory at First Bull Run. He headed the Trans-Mississippi Department. His was the last Southern army to stay on the field, surrendering to Brig. Gen. Canby on May 26, 1865. G. W. Smith was a civil engineer who served in the Mexican War and as Street Commissioner for New York City. He was seriously wounded at Seven Pines, but reassigned to southern Virginia by Robert E. Lee, serving in the Georgia militia after resigning his commission. Semmes commanded the CSS Alabama, a highly successful cruiser used to capture or sink Union ships. Viewed as a pirate and a traitor by the North, he met his match when the "Alabama" was sunk by the "Kearsarge" off the coast of France in 1864. From the collection of Dr. Michael Krane.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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