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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 Texas or Mississippi 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. Carte De Visite Of A Young Georgia Confederate. 

This good looking dark eyed fellow appears to be sporting Confederate “I” buttons on his coat. Note photographer “J.N. Wilson, Savannah Ga” mark on reverse.



CWI 5. 9th Plate Ruby Ambrotype of a Confederate Private.

A very clear photo of a young Confederate in a gray shell jacket. Housed in a full leatherette case.



CWI 6. 6th Plate Ambrotype Of An Armed Texas Confederate.

This image recently surfaced in Texarkana TX. He is a fierce looking unidentified Confederate soldier posed in civilian dress and armed with a sword. It is related to two other images made by the same photographer, one of them is the same fellow shown here but wearing a Confederate uniform with a roller belt and armed with a revolver and sword. The other one is probably his brother (sorry about the grainy scans). These two images are sold and the one I am listing is the last of the group.



CWI 7. 9th Plate Ambrotype Of A Confederate Soldier.

Our subject is unidentified and is wearing a gray shell jacket. This image surfaced in the Shenandoah Valley and may be a Virginia soldier.



CWI 8. 9th Plate Ambrotype Of A South Carolina Confederate Wearing A Secession Badge.

The notes on this image state that it came from a Charleston SC. estate and that the name “F.W. Johnson” is inscribed inside the case in pencil. He appears to be wearing a Richmond Depot Shell Jacket.



CWI 9. Quarter Plate Confederate Ambrotype.

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



CWI 9. Cased 9th Plate Tintype of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard.

Neat early photograph in a fine leatherette case and a wartime copy of the well published original.