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    Important Quarter Plate Daguerreotype Portrait of Confederate Major General Carter Littlepage Stevenson as a Lieutenant in the 5th U.S. Infantry, ca. 1846. Stevenson was promoted to captain in June 1847, clearly dating the image. C. L. Stevenson graduated from West Point in 1838. He rendered distinguished service in the Seminole war and the Mexican War being cited for bravery at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. In the years leading up to the Civil War he took part in the Seminole war of 1856-57 and the Utah Expedition. With the outbreak of the Civil war he offered his services to his native Virginia and was given command of the 53rd Virginia Infantry. Stevenson was promoted to brigadier general in February of 1862 and shortly thereafter transferred to the Department of East Tennessee and given command of a division. He was promoted to major general in October of 1862 and served gallantly and ably at Chickasaw Bluffs, Champion's Hill, and Vicksburg where he was briefly a prisoner. After returning to Confederate service he brilliantly led his troops at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw, Resaca and Nashville, surrendering with Johnston in April 1865. There stands today a monument to Stevenson at Vicksburg.

    The image is untouched, displaying minor edge tarnish and a couple of really negligible abrasions. A manuscript note which now accompanies the image reads, "By J. L. Giffing 214 main St. Buffalo From O. B. Evans Gallery", there is no way to establish if the note is, in fact, indigenous to this image. Typical mid-1840s casing, which is excellent. A small museum catalog number is painted in white at the top edge of the case. This is the exact image used in several biographies of Stevenson and, interestingly, is also the portrait posted in the Wikipedia listing. Only one other daguerreotype of Stevenson is known to exist. A magnificent image, with wonderful provenance, of a gallant "fighting" Confederate general.


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