CDV bust portrait of CSA Brigadier General Harry T. Hays wearing a Confederate General Officer's uniform with regulation collar insignia; verso with backmark of Anderson & Turner, New Orleans, LA, blue 2-cent revenue stamp, and autographed "Harry T. Hays."
Harry Thompson Hays (1820-1876), a Mexican War veteran of the US Army, joined the Confederate Army and was appointed colonel of the 7th Louisiana Infantry in 1861. Hays fought at the First Battle of Bull Run and participated in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862, receiving two wounds at the Battle of Port Republic. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862, taking command of the 1st Louisiana (Tiger Brigade). He commanded this brigade at the Battle of Antietam as well as Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
At Gettysburg, he led the brigade in a failed assault on Cemetery Hill. After initial success, a lack of reinforcements and heavy casualties forced him to retreat. Hays was captured in 1863 at Rappahannock Station, but escaped in time to participate in the Battle of the Wilderness. He was wounded a third time at Spotsylvania Court House, forcing him to retire from active command to an assignment in Louisiana under the Department of the Trans-Mississippi. He received a promotion to Major General in 1865, however the collapse of the Confederate government prevented any official acknowledgement.
CDV with spotting and a few small areas of discoloration to image surface (near bottom of portrait), with light wear to mount edges.
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