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DescriptionHarry Hays Signed Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4", a bust portrait in uniform, with a Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, Virginia backstamp on verso. Signed below the image: "Harry T. Hays."
Harry T. Hays (1820-1876), the brother of famous Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays, was a veteran of the Mexican War. He joined the Confederate Army as colonel of the 7th Louisiana Infantry in 1861. Hays participated in the First Battle of Manassas and was wounded at Port Republic. He recovered and was promoted to brigadier general, assuming command of the 1st Louisiana Brigade, the "Louisiana Tigers." He led the brigade at the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He was captured at Rappahannock Station, but was able to make an escape. He was severely wounded at Spotsylvania Court House and was thereafter transferred to the Trans-Mississippi. His promotion to major general occurred in the last days of the war and was never approved by the Confederate government.
Condition: Toned throughout, with spotting near the right edge. The photograph is slightly faded. Clipped corners. Minor scuffing on verso.
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