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CWI 1. Half Plate Tintype of 2nd Lieutenant James Conley, Co. F 69th NC Vol. Infantry (Thomas’ Legion) CSA.

This killer image is super clear and professionally tinted. You can clearly see the engraving on his sword and the details on his North Carolina State Seal Buttons. The sword is an early type, possibly handed down through Conley’s family. Here is an excerpt from from the Regimental History of “Thomas’ Legion of Indians and Highlanders”;

 This independent command initially reported directly to Brig. Gen. Henry Heth and provided invaluable service in the defense of vital and strategic railroads, bridges and depots. Whereas the legion would spend a significant part of the conflict defending the sole railroad in East Tennessee, it was a rather thankless and monotonous task and one that would never grace the headlines. But on the other hand, when the Union army downed a bridge or tore up much track in the Volunteer State, it was front page news. While the command was frequently tasked with tenuous provost duties, it often found itself engaged with guerrillas, bushwhackers, and an ever emboldened Union foe. In May 1864 the regiment of the legion was detached and moved to Virginia to participate in Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Shenandoah Valley Campaigns before returning to North Carolina. The legion would fight skirmishes and battles in Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and as far north as Maryland, and would surrender at Waynesville, North Carolina, on May 9, 1865. Legions were rare and few rose to prominence, such as Phillip’s Georgia Legion, Wade Hampton’s Legion of South Carolina, and William Thomas’ Legion of the Old North State.
This organization initially totaled 1,125 men, but would soon consist of an infantry regiment, two battalions, one of white and the other of Cherokee, two companies of miners and sappers, and an artillery battery, which would be added on April 1, 1863. Levi’s Light Artillery Battery, aka Louisiana Tigers or Barr’s Battery, formerly served in the Virginia State Line Artillery before joining the ranks of the Thomas Legion. During the conflict, the unit would muster more than 2,500 officers and men, including the 400 Indians which formed the Cherokee Battalion. The size of this command varied however, as some of its companies were transferred to other units to meet the exigencies of war. But the legion would gain Companies A and L of the battle-hardened 16th North Carolina, a regiment that had served under the likes of Lee and Jackson. Unlike any given regiment consisting of some 1100 soldiers, the Thomas Legion, which on a few occasions fielded some 2,500 strong, was a much larger fighting force and it resembled a brigade. While this unit was never officially designated the 69th North Carolina Regiment, there are 75 references to Thomas’ Legion in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Hereinafter cited as O.R.)
Thomas’ Legion of Indians and Highlanders, commonly referred to as the 69th North Carolina Regiment, was officially organized by William Holland Thomas on September 27, 1862, at Knoxville, Tennessee. While its members were recruited predominantly from the Western North Carolina counties of Haywood, Jackson, and Cherokee, East Tennessee also supplied men for the unit.

I have yet to research Conley’s Service Record and do not know if he survived the war. This is an outstanding Confederate Image. Possibly taken in Knoxville when the unit was organized. Original leatherette case is intact but has separated along the spine.



CWI 2. 6th Plate Ambrotype of a Young Confederate Lieutenant.

This clear image shows a youthful, unidentified Confederate Lieutenant brandishing what appears to be a Leech and Rigdon Foot Officer’s Sword. His Sword Knot is tinted red. Note the rare rounded loop, two piece concentric wreath Star Belt Buckle. This belt rig is associated with Mississippi and Texas Troops and was produced by an unknown New Orleans firm, possibly Hyde and Goodrich. This is a stunning Confederate Ambrotype with great content. Ex. Steve Mullinax Collection.



CWI 3. 9th Plate Tintype of a Georgia Confederate Soldier.

Purchased at Savannah GA. in 1961 and said at the time to be a member of Howell Cobb’s Georgia Legion. Clear image with a nice thermoplastic case.



CWI 4. 9th Plate Ambrotype of B.B. Brockenbrough, Pvt. Co. E, 9th VA. Vol. Cavalry.

This is an exceptionally nice ambrotype. Very clear image. Brockenbrough has a boyish look and is wearing a coarsely spun gray Winter Overcoat. Leatherette half case has seen better days. This image was purchased in the Shenandoah Valley and the identification is verbal from the family who also stated that he enlisted in January of 1863 and had survived the war. 



CWI 5. 9th Plate Ambrotype of a Virginia Artilleryman.

This image originally surfaced long ago in the Shenandoah Valley and it was related that he was a member of the Rockbridge VA. Artillery. This unit fought with distinction in Lee’s Army of Northern VA. There is no name associated with the image but it is clear with no issues and you can see the small crossed cannons insignia on his forage cap. Full leatherette case.



CWI 6. Bell Brothers, Co. G, 4th North Carolina Cavalry.

Clear 6th Plate Ambrotype of Demosthenes, George and James Bell. All served in Co. G, of the 4th North Carolina Vol. Cavalry. Demosthenes was captured on May 19, 1863 near Middleburg Va. He was first sent to the Old Capitol Prison then transferred to Johnson’s Island Ohio. Later on, he was sent to Baltimore MD. and finally transferred to Point lookout. He was paroled on March 3, 1864. George F. Bell was promoted to Sergeant in 1862 and paroled on April 25, 1865. James H. Bell was captured on October 14, 1863 while on detail to purchase horses near Parksville NC. He was imprisoned at Point Lookout MD. until May 12th of 1865 when he was released. More research can surely turn up more information on these three brothers. 




 CWI 7. Large Identified Portrait of a Georgia Confederate.

This type of portrait was made from an original hard image in the later 1800’s. Condition is very good. Our subject is identified on the back as “Green Tillman McGuire” of “Douglas County, GA. Born March 15, 1826 and died Sept. 4, 1898”. McGuire is holding a big Confederate D-Guard Bowie over his shoulder which makes this image quite remarkable. A cursory look at his record indicates that he was in Co. A, 12th GA. Vol. Infantry Regt. (Doles Cook Brigade). He was disabled by a Yankee Shell at Gettysburg and discharged due to deafness. Here is a link to McGuire on the Paulding County SCV site:—m/green-tilman-mcguire  I photographed it without the glass due to glare issues. This image was turned up by Steve Mullinax in his local area (Villa Rica) in 1968.



CWI 8. 6th Plate Ruby Ambrotype of a handsome Confederate with large D-Guard Bowie Knife.

I came really close to keeping this one in my collection, a crystal clear and super sharp image. This early war volunteer is wearing a set of his finest clothes and posing with a big D-Guard Bowie Knife.  The case is a high quality leatherette folding type with brass clasp. Confederate Ambrotypes of this quality are rarely offered.



CWI 9. Quarter Plate Confederate Ambrotype.

Super clear portrait of two North Carolina Brothers named Gantt. Both killed in action.