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    Nathan Bedford Forrest Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 3.5", with a Ben Oppenheimer, Mobile, [Alabama] imprint on verso. An oval "from-life" portrait of the famous general, dressed in his Confederate uniform. "Gen Forest" has been faintly written in an unknown hand at the bottom of the mount. This is the only example we have ever seen of this non-vignetted CDV with the original photographer's imprint. Two badly faded vignetted second-generation photographs of this ultra-rare image currently reside in the permanent collection of The American Civil War Museum (formerly known as The Museum of the Confederacy located in Richmond Virginia) and neither example bears a photographer's imprint.

    Ben Oppenheimer was an itinerant photographer who honed his craft at his own photographic studio in Alabama and in the surrounding countryside where General Forrest had been conducting his legendary cavalry raids across Tennessee and Alabama. Known as "The Wizard of the Saddle" or "That Devil Forrest", Nathan Bedford Forrest is recognized by some authorities as the outstanding tactical genius of the Civil War. He is remembered both as a self-made and innovative cavalry leader during the war and as a leading figure in the postwar establishment of the Ku Klux Klan. After the war Robert E. Lee was reportedly asked by a Union soldier who he thought his greatest general was, and General Lee replied: "Sir, a gentleman that I have never had the pleasure to meet, General Nathan Bedford Forrest." From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Toning throughout, with moderate soiling on the mount, especially at top. Minor wear to the corners.

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    26th Saturday
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