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Ninth plate Ruby Ambrotype of Possible Confederate Vivandière, Accompanied by Photograph of Confederate Volunteers Showing Possible Relative

Lot of 2, including ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a young woman in casual dress, possibly a Confederate vivandière, as evidenced by the presence of what appears to be a canteen strapped across her chest. Accompanied by a paper photograph, approx. 6 x 4 in., mounted to approx. 8 x 7 in., of four mature Confederate veterans, identified as "H.C. Helbert, J.T. Hight, D.D. Phillips" and "Robt. Morgan," who purportedly served together and "belonged to the same Company." Consignor relates that the woman in the ambrotype may be related to one of these men, as vivandières were sometimes the wives or daughters of military officers, but any familial connections remain unconfirmed.

Genealogical and Confederate enlistment records connect the four veterans through residence or service in Arkansas, though not in the same company or regiment. Henry C.H. Helbert (1846-1919) enlisted as a private on November 18, 1861 in Fayetteville with Co. D, 17th Arkansas Infantry, also known as Griffith's Infantry. Private Robert H. Morgan (1840-?) enlisted at Clarksville on June 1, 1861 with Co. C, 1st Arkansas Mounted Cavalry. Service records confirm the enlistment of a "D. Phillips" with Co. C, 1st Arkansas Cavalry on May 1, 1861, and veteran Jefferson Taylor Hight (1848-1917) seemingly relocated after the war to Arkansas, where he served as the postmaster of Fayetteville (1893-1899) and as a county judge (1912-1916). The rank of these men seemingly precludes them from having their wives serve as regimental vivandières, and Hight and Morgan were both unmarried before the war.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$576
06/26/2020

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