War Between the States

Rare unpublished Confederate salt print

(1835-1905) Nephew of General Robert E. Lee. Graduate of the West Point class of 1856. A special favorite of General J.E.B. Stuart, Fitz Lee played a gallant role in all of the operations of the Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, particularly distinguishing himself at Spotsylvania Court House, where his division's gallant stand enabled the 1st Corps to secure the strategic crossroads in advance of Grant's army. He was severely wounded at Winchester, Va. After Wade Hampton was ordered to North Carolina in January 1865, Fitzhugh Lee commanded the Cavalry Corps until the surrender at Appomattox. He was elected Governor of Virginia in 1885. At the outbreak of the war with Spain, he was commissioned major general U.S.A., and once again donned the blue uniform which he had taken off in 1861!

Wet plate, salt print photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform with rank of brigadier general. No imprint. Light age toning. Rare unpublished war time pose!

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