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    Confederate Guerilla Samuel "Champ" Ferguson Carte de Visite Signed "Champ Ferguson." 2.5" x 4", with a Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville imprint on verso. A vignette bust portrait of Ferguson, dressed in civilian clothes. Ferguson was a Tennessee native with a reputation for brutality and lawlessness. He served under John Hunt Morgan during Morgan's first raid into Kentucky. He indiscriminately killed prisoners of war and African Americans. In May of 1865, he was arrested by Federal authorities and charged fifty-three counts of murder. Ferguson admitted killing over 100 people personally, including many of those listed in the indictment. His defense consisted primarily of his status as an enemy combatant. Not surprisingly, he was convicted and executed in October 1865. Ferguson was one of only two Confederates who were tried and executed for war crimes by the Union Army; the other was Henry Wirz, the commandant of Andersonville. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Spotting throughout, with minor edge toning. Corners are slightly worn. With small pencil notations on verso.


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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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