Half plate ruby ambrotype featuring two Confederate officers seated at a table with their swords, one of whom (seated left) is likely Lt. Colonel Charles Flournoy Johnson (1829-1920). The second officer may be Charles' older brother Colonel Robert A. Johnson (1817-1886) of the 2nd Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Orphan Brigade. Both officers wear regulation double-breasted frock coats, and the officer on the right wears a pair of gaiters. Image housed in full pressed paper case fully separated at spine.
As the son of Captain Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Flournoy Johnson and the grandson of Kentucky heroine Jemima Suggett Johnson, Charles F. Johnson hailed from one of Kentucky's most prominent and influential families. He served as the aide-de-camp to Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner throughout much of the Civil War. (See also Lot 150, the Johnson-Tyler image collection, which features another photograph of Charles F. Johnson.)
Image very dark, with wipe marks and wear/flaking/loss to emulsion in a few areas.
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