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    Confederate Signal Corps Blockade Runner Album: Lieutenant J. N. Stubbs. The following remarkable group of cartes-de-visite were all contained in a Civil War period album with the following inscription on the front leaf, "A. L. Lindsay / Houston, Tx. / 1864". Lieutenant A. L. Lindsay shows up in records as having regular Confederate States service, likely in the Signal Corps. The majority of the images are portraits of members of the Confederate Signal Corps, many of them with period ID on either the back of the image or the album page. This is the first group of photographs of Confederate Signal Corps personnel we have ever encountered. CS Signal Corps personnel were active in support of ground forces, but were also critical to Confederate efforts to run supplies through the Union blockade. There were many of examples of Confederate blockade runners sitting idle until a member of the Signal Corps arrived to provide the ability of the blockade runner to communicate with other ships. Remarkably, the Signal Corps had the highest casualty rate of any branch of Confederate service.
    James New Stubbs of Gloucester County, Virginia, was a lawyer who enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 as a member of the Gloucester Artillery ("Red Shirts"). He entered the Signal Corps shortly thereafter, rising to the rank of Major. He accompanied General John B. Magruder to Texas in 1862 and remained there until war's end, serving on Magruder's staff. He rendered valuable service in the capture of the "Harriet Lane" off Galveston. Pair of CDV's with tax stamps on the reverse. One features Stubbs wearing double breasted frock coat with standup collar and single bar insignia of 2nd Lieutenant. Also wears large gauntlets and sword belt with two-piece interlocking buckle. Anderson & Turner of New Orleans back mark with 2-cent blue U.S. revenue stamp. The other features him in a civilian frock coat with the photographer's credit and back mark of C. R. Rees and Bro. of Richmond, plus 2-cent U.S. revenue stamp. Small area of loss in upper left. New Orleans was a major staging ground for the first responders of the Civil War. Great pair of Confederate images.


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    June, 2014
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