CSA General Franklin Gardner CDV
Vignetted, hand-tinted portrait of CSA General Franklin Gardner (1823-1873), with 1863 copyright line on recto of Lilienthal, and his New Orleans imprint on verso.
Gardner graduated from West Point in the class of 1845 and subsequently won two brevets for Gallantry in the Mexican war. Appointed colonel in the regular CSA army in 1861, his rise was rapid. After Shiloh he was made brigadier general and was engaged in Bragg's invasion of Kentucky. He was in command of the ill-fated CSA troops at Port Hudson, and after its fall became a POW. Exchanged in 1864, he served the remainder of the war in posts in Mississippi. A rare image; we have not encountered another.
Wagner's buttons tinted yellow, tones strong, with scattered foxing