SCARCE VIEW OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL THOMAS ROSSER FROM THE ALBUM OF R. CHANNING PRICE PRESENTED TO HIM BY JEB STUART

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CDV is a full standing view of Thomas L. Rosser wearing a dark civilian frock coat with a white vest and dark cravat with matching white trousers. He holds his dark hat in his hand, just behind his waist.

Rosser is posed in front of a painted backdrop of a lake and mountains.

Contrast and clarity are excellent as are the paper and mount. Top right of mount has a faint period ink name or inscription.

Reverse has a faded photographer’s imprint for TURNER… NEW ORLEANS. Top has a pencil ID of “ROSSER” while at bottom is a modern collector notation that reads “FROM THE ALBUM OF R. CHANNING PRICE 12-2-85. BILL TURNER. PRESENTED TO PRICE FROM COUSIN JEB STUART.”

Image is from the late William A. Turner’s collection.

The American Battlefield Trust has a succinct biography that reads;

“Thomas Lafayette Rosser was born October 15, 1836 on his family’s farm in Campbell County, Virginia.  When he was 13 they moved to the new state of Texas, onto a 640-acre farm on the Sabine River.  In 1856 he left to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Rosser’s roommate was George Armstrong Custer, an Ohioan who called Rosser ‘Tex.’ Rosser called Custer ‘Fanny.’ When Texas seceded from the Union in early 1861, Rosser quit West Point – just two weeks before he was scheduled to graduate – in order to offer his services to his home state.  He traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to enlist and was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in the Confederate service.

Fresh out of military school, Rosser was made instructor of the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, and commanded a company at the First Battle of Bull Run.  After being wounded at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days campaign, he was made colonel of the 5th Virginia Cavalry, taking part in the Second Battle of Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam before being wounded again at Kelly’s Ford.  He resumed command in time to fight at Gettysburg, after which he was promoted again: this time to brigadier general, in command of the ‘Laurel Brigade.’  Rosser distinguished himself further during the Overland campaign – where he was wounded yet again, at Trevilian Station – and was sent to the Shenandoah Valley to check Union Gen. Philip Sheridan’s cavalry.  He was initially hailed as the ‘Savior of the Valley,’ but suffered defeats at Cedar Creek and Tom’s Brook, when he faced his old roommate George Custer across the field of battle.

He continued to lead lightning cavalry raids into western Virginia, and rejoined the Army of Northern Virginia near Petersburg in the spring of 1865.  He served gallantly to the end, fighting at Five Forks and refusing to surrender at Appomattox, until he was captured on May 4.  He was paroled in short order.

After the war, Rosser achieved success as the chief engineer of the Northern Pacific and Canadian Pacific railroad companies, and settled near Charlottesville, Virginia.  In 1898, President McKinley, a Union veteran, appointed Rosser to train cavalry recruits for the Spanish-American War, which he did on the Chickamauga Battlefield in Georgia.  He died on March 29, 1910 in Charlottesville and is buried in Riverview Cemetery.”

R. Channing Price was born in Richmond, Virginia on February 24, 1842. He joined the 3rd Virginia Howitzers at the outbreak of the Civil War and fought with them during the Peninsula Campaign in 1862. On 29 July 1862, he was appointed aid-de-camp to General Jeb Stuart. He served in that capacity during the Antietam Campaign. While serving in Stuart's command, he made the acquaintance of Fitzhugh Lee and guerilla leader John Singleton Mosby. He was fatally wounded at Chancellorsville on 1 May 1863.  [AD][PH:L]

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