Confederate Spy Thomas Nelson Conrad CDV

Carte de visite of Thomas Nelson Conrad, an espionage agent with the Confederate Secret Service, autographed on verso: "Mr. Ball & family, with compliments of Thos. N. Conrad." Credited to Gardner, Washington, DC. 

Conrad (1837-1905) was a Virginia native working in Washington, DC at the outbreak of the Civil War. After expressing Confederate sympathies, he was incarcerated briefly at the Old Capitol Prison in 1861. He was later recommended to Jefferson Davis to spy for the Confederate Secret Service and set up his intelligence operation in Washington, where he was instrumental in formulating several nefarious schemes, including the proposed assassination of Winfield Scott, the theft of important documents from the War Office, and the attempted kidnapping of Abraham Lincoln. Here, he appears seated in a chair with his hands folded in his lap.


Very light toning and soiling.

Estimate: $700 - $900

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