June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


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Confederate Colonel George P. Harrison, Jr., Georgia 1st Regulars & 32nd Infantry, WIA, Quarter Plate Ambrotype Plus Medals

Quarter plate ruby ambrotype of George P. Harrison, Jr., with gold tinted accents, housed in a full case with a small Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia affixed to the mat and My Darling George / God Bless Him penciled underneath the plate. Accompanied by Harrison's Commander In Chief medals from the 1917 and 1920 UCV annual reunions, in Washington and Houston respectively, the former housed in the original push-button case.

In addition to notable service in the Civil War, George Paul Harrison, Jr., (1841-1922) was a leader of the Union of Confederate Veterans and an active participant in Alabama politics for many years.  He was born and spent his childhood near Savannah, GA, and attended the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta, where he graduated with first honors and a rank of Captain in Spring 1862, having already served as a 2nd Lieutenant of First Georgia regulars while still a cadet the previous year.  He was commissioned Colonel of the Fifth Georgia in the winter of 1861-1862, and upon the expiration of that unit's six months of service, Harrison was commissioned Colonel of the 32nd Georgia in May of 1862.

This ambrotype was taken shortly after Harrison became Colonel, as indicated by the three stars on each collar of his coat. With the 32nd Georgia, he took a prominent part in the defense of Charleston, SC, where he was wounded during the lengthy siege. Colonel Harrison is historically notable for his involvement during the Battle of Fort Wagner on Morris Island against the black 54th Massachusetts, led by the noble Robert Gould Shaw (of Glory fame). Harrison also commanded in the Florida backwater at the Battle of Olustee, where was he was wounded again. During 1864, he also built and was commandant of the large prison camp at Florence, SC. At the end of the war, Harrison was commanding a brigade in the field and surrendered at Greensboro, NC.

Post-Civil War, Harrison parlayed his legal training to become a successful Alabama politician, serving both as state senator and U.S. congressman.

A rare image of a bona fide Confederate Colonel.

Condition:Ambrotype with "swipes" at upper left and right, not affecting the subject.  2 in. vertical scratch near left edge, through Harrison's arm.  A few VERY minor scratches on the soldier's cheek.  1917 medal very good, while 1920 medal is tarnished and with the ribbons detached.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$6,600
06/21/2013

 

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