CDV OF CONFEDERATE SEC. OF WAR, J.A. SEDDON'S HOUSE

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Carte de Viste showing the home of James A. Seddon, Confederate Secretary of War. Image is in horizontal format. Clear photo with very good contrast. Mathew Brady backmark. Modern pencil notations on reverse.

James Alexander Seddon (July 13, 1815 – August 19, 1880) was an American lawyer and politician who served two terms as a Representative in the U.S. Congress, as a member of the Democratic Party. He was appointed Confederate States Secretary of War by Jefferson Davis during the American Civil War.

Seddon attended the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861, which attempted to devise a means of preventing the impending civil war. Later in the same year, he attended the Provisional Confederate Congress. President Davis named him as his fourth Secretary of War, succeeding George W. Randolph. He held this post until January 1, 1865, when he retired from public life to his plantation and was succeeded by John C. Breckinridge. His service of more than twenty-four months as Secretary made him the most durable of the five Confederate Secretaries of War. [jet] [ph:L]

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