Quarter Plate Ambrotype of Armed Rebels, From the McAfee Family of York, South Carolina

Fine quarter plate ambrotype of two unidentified, but heavily armed Confederates. The ambrotype is reversed showing the bearded soldier at right wearing a red "battle shirt" with the center panel colored grayish-blue. At the bottom are embroidered initials that are difficult to decipher. He also wears a gold watch fob. The young private at right wears a typical six-button shell jacket. Both fellows stand at attention, armed with .69 cal. conversion muskets with fixed bayonets, as well as fantastic antler-handled Bowie knives. Housed in half case.

Although the men are unidentified, the consignor relates that this Confederate ambrotype was acquired from the McAfee Family of York, SC. HDS lists 3 different South Carolina soldiers named McAfee, including: R. McAfee, who served with Co. C, 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery, also known as the "Palmetto Company," which fought at Charleston, Jackson, and Chickamauga, as well as Mobile, where it surrendered in May 1865; R.S. McAfee, Co. D, 6th South Carolina Cavalry, also called the "Dixie Rangers" and "Aiken's Partisan Rangers", which participated in several battles, including Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, among others; and W.P. McAfee, Co. G, 18th SC Infantry, which fought at 2nd Manassas, South Mountain, Sharpsburg, NC, Mississippi, and in the defense of Charleston. 

Condition:Plate shows some abrasions near the mat and tarnish ring; light fading occurring in bottom portion of plate, near the soldiers' feet; housed in half case with significant wear.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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