Lot 10    

Rare Pre-Civil War Southern Daguerreotype of DeWitt C. Farmer, 11th Mississippi Infantry, CSA
6/23/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
Sixth plate daguerreotype of a well-dressed Southern gentleman identified in ink behind image as DeWitt C. Farmer / Taken by A. Stephens / Clarksville, Tenn. / March 24th '55. See Portraits of Conflict - A Photographic History of Mississippi in the Civil War to see a portrait of Farmer in uniform.

Dewitt Clinton Farmer decided to leave his life as a farmer and join the Noxubee Rifles in April 1861 at the age of 23. The unit Farmer joined became Co. F of the 11th Mississippi Infantry, CSA, and his regiment was one of the first from Mississippi to reach Virginia. In July 1861 at the Battle of Bull Run, Brig. Gen. Bernard Bee's brigade contained the 4th Alabama, the 2nd Mississippi, and Co.'s A and F of the 11th Mississippi. Although Confederate troops broke under the Union troops attack early in the battle, they began falling into line as the battle raged on, eventually forcing the Union soldiers to head toward Washington. Bee died during the First Battle of Bull Run. Twenty-eight men were wounded from the two companies of the 11th MS, but Farmer escaped injury (Roberts & Moneyhon, 1993: 51).

The 11th MS went on to participate in several major battles, including the Battle at Seven Pines, near Richmond, VA, Gaines Mill, and the 2nd Battle of Manassas. In Sept. 1862, under John Bell Hood, the 11th MS met Federal Joseph Hooker's First Corps near Sharpsburg, suffering 117 casualties. In Nov., the 2nd, 11th, and 42nd MS formed a new brigade with the 55th North Carolina led by Joseph Robert Davis, Jefferson Davis' nephew. In July 1863, the 11th suffered its greatest losses, incurring 340 casualties. The 11th went on to participate in the battles of Wilderness, Talle's Mill, Spotsylvania Court House, and Bethesda Church. In April 1865 after defending the area around the city of Petersburg, the 11th MS was captured by Gen. Grant's forces. Farmer surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia and returned to his home in Noxubee County, MS following the war. He died there in Nov. 1871. (Information obtained from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, May 11, 2011.)


Condition:  
Tarnish ring around edge of mat; housed in full case separated at hinge.
Sold: $1,175.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Confederate Raider Harry Gilmor Fine Imperial Photograph
Lot # 41 - Confederate Raider Harry Gilmor Fine Imperial Photograph
A large format albumen photograph of Maryland Partisan Ranger, Harry Gilmor, dressed in uniform with a sword in his hand, unmarked, 9.25 x 12.5 in., matted and framed, 15 x 18.25 in. Gilmor was a scout and raider operating in the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland between the areas patrolled by ... > Item Details
Patriotic Shield Featuring Abraham Lincoln Portrait
Lot # 192 - Patriotic Shield Featuring Abraham Lincoln Portrait
Painted wood shield, 18 x 23.5 in., with string attached at top for hanging, featuring a print of Abraham Lincoln that is housed in a removable cardboard mount, which also holds 8 additional prints of notable American figures that are interchangeable, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, a... > Item Details
Douglas Volk, American Artist, Manuscript Archive Regarding Commission
Lot # 222 - Douglas Volk, American Artist, Manuscript Archive Regarding Commission
37 items. The son of Leonard Volk, named for his mother’s cousin Stephen A. Douglas, Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk earned a wide reputation as a portrait and landscape painter at the turn of the twentieth century, influencing the Arts and Crafts movement. In 1912, Volk was commissioned to create mura... > Item Details
Soup Bowl From Lincoln White House Pattern
Lot # 201 - Soup Bowl From Lincoln White House Pattern
French, ca 1873-1884. A Haviland, Limoges soup bowl ordered during the administration of either President U.S. Grant, 1873, or President Chester Arthur, 1884, from the Lincoln White House design. The center printed and painted with a brown eagle clasping a laurel branch and a cluster of arrows in hi... > Item Details
British General Reginald Wingate Presentation Cane, 1911
Lot # 239 - British General Reginald Wingate Presentation Cane, 1911
35.25 in. ln., no ferrule; silver handle decorated with nielloed geometric and floral motifs, marked 84 (Russian Silver Standard) and ABDIN, maker's name, mounted on an ebony shaft. With the following inscription engraved on botton of handle: Presented by Sir Reginald Wingate / Sirdar & Governor Gen... > Item Details
Annie Oakley Cabinet Card by Stacy
Lot # 346 - Annie Oakley Cabinet Card by Stacy
With her facsimile signature on recto, and depicting her shooting medals. > Item Details
Edward Curtis Signed Large Format Platinum Photograph, <i>The Vanishing Race</i>
Lot # 336 - Edward Curtis Signed Large Format Platinum Photograph, The Vanishing Race
Platinum photograph printed on textured paper and mounted on board, signed by Curtis at lower right, 15 x 19.75 in., housed in period frame, 21.25 x 26 in. > Item Details
Fantastic Folk-Art Carved Shield Inset with Dollar Gold Piece
Lot # 132 - Fantastic Folk-Art Carved Shield Inset with Dollar Gold Piece
Attributed to Hospital Steward James. M. Dudgeon, 11th WV Infantry, accompanied by penciled note written by anonymous family member indicating that the pin was passed down to Grandpa Robinson. The note is said to date around 1935 and reads in full Breast pin / Made in last year of Civil War made o... > Item Details
US Civil War European Import Short Swords
Lot # 118 - US Civil War European Import Short Swords
Lot of 3. These short swords are imported for the Civil War. First is a French 18.5 in. Gladius-style artillery sword; second a French D-guard cutlass with a 23 in. blade with scabbard; and third is a post-war Spanish artillery D-guard sword with a 27.25 in. blade. > Item Details
Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Flag Bearer with National Colors
Lot # 5 - Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Flag Bearer with National Colors
An outstanding ruby ambrotype of an unidentified bearded private holding kepi with small embroidered cross cannon insignia (no numbers). The soldier wears a nine button frock coat and regulation cavalry belt rig retaining the early over-the-shoulder strap with rectangular plate, cap box, and saber.... > Item Details
CSA Broadside Issued by Brig. Gen. Echols to Citizens of Southwest Virginia, 1864
Lot # 100 - CSA Broadside Issued by Brig. Gen. Echols to Citizens of Southwest Virginia, 1864
A Confederate broadside from the Head Quarters Dep'ts W. Va. & East Tenn., Dublin, Va., Sept. 5, 1864. General Orders No._, calling the immediate attention of the Commanding Officers to frequent complaints of depredations having been committed upon the property of citizens of South Western Va. and E... > Item Details
Charles J. Belden Photograph of Cowboys Branding a Calf
Lot # 272 - Charles J. Belden Photograph of Cowboys Branding a Calf
Silver gelatin photograph, unmarked, but by Charles Belden, of cowboys branding a calf in a corral on a Wyoming ranch, ca 1910s-1940s, 16 x 20 in. Charles J. Belden (1888-1963) was born in San Francisco into a wealthy California family. He developed a life-long passion for photography when he purcha... > Item Details
O.V.I. Co. H., 9th Regt. <i>Soldier's Memorial</i>, Mostly Members of the Turners
Lot # 130 - O.V.I. Co. H., 9th Regt. Soldier's Memorial, Mostly Members of the Turners
An elaborately embellished, multicolored lithograph honoring members of Company H, 9th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 21.25 x 17.25 in., housed in original frame, 25.5 x 21.5 in., with original glass. Printed for subscribers soon after the war ended, the lithograph is crowned with a spread-wing ... > Item Details
Edward Curtis Photogravures, Northwestern California Tribes
Lot # 339 - Edward Curtis Photogravures, Northwestern California Tribes
Lot of 2 Curtis photogravures, including Hupa Purses and Money, 1923, and Elk-Horn Spoons - Tolowa, 1923, both printed on tissue paper tipped onto Van Gelder paper, 5.5 x 7.25 in. > Item Details
Mauckport, Indiana Ledger and Daily Log, 1834-1868
Lot # 219 - Mauckport, Indiana Ledger and Daily Log, 1834-1868
Ledger volume, folio, calf and suede, 4 spine bands. First paged headed Mauckport [Indiana]. This small town in Harrison County is just across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY. The identity of the writer is uncertain, with only a hint as noted below. He gets off to a rocky start, with a few entrie... > Item Details
Colonel  Joseph Audenried's Scrapbooks of Ephemera and Manuscripts
Lot # 70 - Colonel Joseph Audenried's Scrapbooks of Ephemera and Manuscripts
4 volumes, 1865-1905, mostly 1871-1880. Four scrapbooks documenting the post-Civil War activities of Joseph C. Audenried, containing correspondence and ephemera relating to his military and diplomatic career. Audenried’s extensive travels and his intimate connections with the high and mighty in the... > Item Details
54th Massachusetts Silver ID Badge Named to <i>Washington Perkins</i>
Lot # 140 - 54th Massachusetts Silver ID Badge Named to Washington Perkins
A stylized Maltese cross stamped from thin gauge German silver showing symbolic Ft. Sumter with national colors lofting overhead in raised relief. The owner’s name Wash’n Perkins 54 Ms. Vol / Co. A is centered over the fort mechanically etched in a half-circle. Each of the arms is hand engraved wit... > Item Details
Richard Throssel Collection of Crow Indian Photographs
Lot # 304 - Richard Throssel Collection of Crow Indian Photographs
Lot of 28 photographs produced by Richard Throssel, featuring a warm-toned photograph of a silhouetted mounted Crow Indian, numbered and copyrighted in the negative at lower left and signed by Throssel on the mount, with Throssel's partial label on verso and Property of Office of Indian Affairs, Was... > Item Details
Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Patriotic Gentleman
Lot # 178 - Sixth Plate Daguerreotype of a Patriotic Gentleman
A fine, hand-tinted sixth plate daguerreotype of a seated gentleman, wearing a blue sash decorated with stars across his chest plus a two-part medal pinned to his jacket, which consists of a bald eagle grasping a star that features the letters C_C in reverse, with a middle letter that is difficult t... > Item Details
Annie Oakley Cabinet Photograph by Elliott & Fry
Lot # 347 - Annie Oakley Cabinet Photograph by Elliott & Fry
A fine cabinet card photograph of Annie Oakley, with Elliott & Fry's Baker St., London imprint on mount below image, plus printed caption Miss Annie Oakley, (Little Sure Shot.) Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and a lengthy description of the celebrated performer printed on verso. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: