Virginia Infantry, 3rd Regiment, Local Defense Troops, CDVs of Identified Members

Lot of 14 CDVs, including cartes of Gray Doswell, W. Wilton Randolph, J.D. Reed and T.M. Rutherford, plus portraits of other young Virginians. 

The 3rd Local Defense was organized in September 1864, mostly from young men serving in Confederate departments such as Post Office, War, Treasury, Quartermaster, and Medical Purveyors. Local Defense units also often included men under the age of 18 and some older men who had served their time or were wounded and could not withstand the rigors of field service or were even too old to enlist. The 3rd Local Defense regiment was called out to fight at Saylor's (Sailor's) Creek (Apr. 6, 1865), part of the Appomattox Campaign, as Federal troops closed in on the Army of Northern Virginia. Many were captured, but Lee surrendered just three days later.

Gray Doswell, 3 CDVs. Portrait with autograph on recto, W.D. McPherson, New Orleans photographer's ID on verso; seated image with "1865 (autumn)" in pencil on recto, J.A. Sheldon, New Orleans photographer's ID on verso; and head and shoulders image with Anderson & Col., Richmond photographer's ID on verso. 

W. Wilton Randolph, signed on recto. Bogardus, New York photographer's ID on verso.

"J.D. Reed, Louisville, KY" on verso plus Fredericks, New York photographer's ID also on verso.

Group image identified on verso as "1. Allan Saunders / 2. Lewis Crenshaw / 3. Calvert Petty / 4. Tom Bolling / 5. George Smith." Inscribed to "Gray Doswell from Lewis Crenshaw / Jan. 9(?)st, 1865." With photographer's ID of E.J. Rees & Co., Richmond, VA.

Full-length standing image signed on verso "T.M. Rutherford, Richmond" and photographer's backmark of W.G. Frayser, Charlottesville.

Group of three men with "1866 Sept" in lower margin, but sitters not identified. Anderson & Co., Richmond, VA photographer's ID on verso.

Two unidentified young men in uniform, studio pose; 2 copies. Rees & Brother, Richmond, Va. photographer's ID on verso.

Two copies of a young man seated in a studio pose. F.T. Miller, Fredericksburg, Va. photographer's ID on verso.

Two copies of three children (boys). Photographer's ID of Marks, Houston, Texas on verso.


A few with clipped corners. Most with some handling wear.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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