Half Plate Ambrotype of Double Armed Louisiana Soldier by Rees, Tentatively Identified

Half plate ambrotype of a standing Confederate solider armed with a revolver and knife. C.R. Rees: Richmond, Virginia, n.d. Possibly depicts Private I.H. Traylor, who served with Co. B, 3rd Louisiana Infantry Battalion, also known as the "Morehouse Guards" from Bastrop, Louisiana. With copies of correspondence with previous owner about the possible identity of the subject.

The soldier poses beside the same distinctive column that C.R. Rees used in many of his studio portraits, with "Rees" etched at the base of the column. If this subject was in fact a member of the Morehouse Guards, he would have had ample opportunity to visit Rees's studio in Richmond.

This portrait was discovered in the same household as another image identified to a known member of the Morehouse Guards also taken at Rees' studio (see Lot 70). The second subject, Captain Dewitt Clinton Morgan, married into the Traylor family, and a direct descent of these two images together within the clan could suggest that the unidentified soldier is also a relation, possibly Private I.H. Traylor, although this information remains unverified.

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Crisp image, with minor areas of spotting to plate, concentrated along bottom edge of brass mat. Case separated at spine.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
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