Lot of 2, featuring sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a bearded gentleman wearing block A buttons (CS-117), with period, penciled identification in case, John Weir, CSA. Housed in pressed paper case with sixth plate tintype of a young, attractive woman identified behind case as Sara Weir. Additional penciled identifications are taped to the back of each image.
HDS lists a Private John Weir that served with Co. E of the 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, although no other information regarding his service record is available.
Organized in February 1861, the 1st LA Heavy Artillery was part of the Louisiana State Army, and later transferred to the Confederate Regular Army. The regiment was headquartered at the New Orleans Barracks, but companies served at various forts defending New Orleans. In May 1862, the regiment was ordered to Vicksburg where fighting continued until surrender in July 1863. Grant immediately paroled the unit because he did not want to care for 30,000 prisoners of war. By January 1864, the regiment was in Mobile, AL. After brief stints in Meridian and Tupelo, MS, the unit returned to Mobile and garrisoned the batteries until surrender on May 5, 1865 at Cuba Station, AL.
Ruby ambrotype is dark, few light specks on surface. Tintype in very fine condition overall, light wear along perimeter where plate meets mat. Case reinforced at hinge.
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