CDV OF ROBERT TOOMBS

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Image shows a seated view of Robert Toombs. He is wearing a dark colored frock coat, trousers, vest, white shirt and cravat. He holds a cane in his hand.

The image is clear with great contrast but there is scattered light surface dirt throughout.

The reverse of the image does not have a Backmark, but an inscription in pencil reading, “ROBERT TOOMBS / WASHINGTON  GA / SECRETARY OF STATE WITH JEFF DAVIS“.

Robert Augustus Toombs (July 2, 1810 – December 15, 1885) was a politician who was a founding father of the Confederacy and its first Secretary of State. A lawyer by training, he proved an impressive speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later in the Senate. Believing strongly in states’ rights, he found common ground with fellow-Georgian Alexander H. Stephens. He had supported the Compromise of 1850, but came round to advocating secession. In the newly formed Confederate Government, Toombs was appointed Secretary of State, but criticized the attack on Fort Sumter, which put him at odds with President Jefferson Davis, and he quit to join the Confederate States Army. He became a Brigadier-General, and was wounded at the Battle of Antietam. In 1863, Toombs resigned his commission in the Confederate Army to join the Georgia militia. He was subsequently denied higher promotion and resigned, continuing to feud with Davis to the last. When the war ended, he fled to Cuba, later returning to Georgia. But he refused to request a pardon, thus sacrificing his political future.

Toombs had always made a powerful impression on the public with his emotive oratory, backed by a strong physical presence, but his intemperate habits and volatile personality limited his career potential.  [sl]

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