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    Three Confederate Cartes de Visite - Lee, Davis, and Beauregard. A Confederate Trio: Commander, President, and General! Robert E. Lee starts off the group with a fantastic and iconic-looking side view in his grey Confederate uniform; his three stars are visible on the collar of his jacket. Lee hailed from one of the most distinguished families in Virginia. Lee's father, Light-Horse Harry, was a famous Revolutionary War soldier, and his wife, Mary Custis, descended from Martha Washington. He graduated second in his class from West Point in 1829, and then worked in the engineering department. Fighting with distinction in the Mexican War, in 1859 he put down John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. After Virginia left the Union, he cast his lot with his native state and led his Army of Northern Virginia to many victories, including Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. His ill advised attack on the center of the Union line at Gettysburg stopped his invasion of the North. He finally surrendered to Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, and was paroled. Lee became president of Washington College [now Washington & Lee University], which is where he died and is buried. This fantastic image is in very fine condition; it would be hard to find a comparable example in this condition; minor foxing on emulsion; bears the Anthony imprint on verso; pencil notations on verso; no border; square corners.

    The second item is a rather odd looking engraving of Jefferson Davis. Made by Duroni & Murer of Paris, this engraving bears little likeness to the Confederate President, who risked everything, and held fast to his belief in the South. Jefferson was unable to launch any sort of planned and strategic attack on the more organized and industrially backed Northern armies. In very fine condition; bears the Duroni & Murer imprint on the verso; pencil notations on verso; soiling on emulsion; no border; square corners.

    The third image is of the Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. General Beauregard was a Confederate commander and postbellum he became active in the railroad industry as well as supporting voting and civil rights of freed slaves. He was one of the eight full generals in the Confederate Army and after the defeat of the South he was one of the few high-ranking Confederates to support the rights of freed slaves. Shown here in his Union uniform, one which he would later trade in for the shades of grey worn by the Confederacy. Shown in staff officer's gear, Beauregard looks distinguished and brave in this shot. Bears the imprint of C.D. Fredericks on the verso. In very fine condition; several blemishes on the emulsion, not affecting the body of the General; ink notation on verso; no border; square corners.


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    December, 2006
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