AUTOGRAPHED FULL SEATED CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL WILLIAM N. BEALL

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Item Code: 1138-24

Image shows Beall in the unform of a Confederate general seated at a table. He wears a light-colored double-breasted frockcoat with matching trousers. He is posed with one arm resting on the table top beside his kepi which has a dark crown with a quatrefoil at center. Bottom center of the mount signed in period ink “BRIG. GEN. W.N. R. BEALL.”

Contrast and clarity are very good. Mount and paper are the same.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for BLACK & CASE… BOSTON along with a 3 cent tax stamp. Bottom of the reverse is signed in period ink “OCT. 19/64 REGARDS OF W. N. R. BEALL, BRIG. GEN. P.A.C.S. ARKANSAS.” There is also some collector information at bottom.

From the collection of the late William A. Turner.

William N. R. Beall was born in Bardstown, Kentucky on March 20, 1825. His parents moved from Kentucky to Arkansas where Beall was raised.

After graduating 30th in his class from the United States Military Academy in 1848, Beall was commissioned in the Army as a brevet 2nd Lieutenant and was assigned to the 4th Infantry. He first served on the northwestern frontier but in 1849 he was promoted to full 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 5th Infantry serving until 1855 in the Indian Territory and Texas. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and then shortly thereafter to Captain with the First Cavalry. Beall was involved in several skirmishes and expeditions against the Indian tribes in the West, primarily in Kansas. In 1860, he participated in a raid against the Kiowas and Comanches.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Beall resigned his commission and was appointed as a Captain of cavalry in the Confederate Army. He served in the Trans-Mississippi Department under General Earl Van Dorn early in the war and was appointed Brigadier General in the spring of 1862. Beall was then placed in command of the Confederate cavalry forces at Corinth, Mississippi. He was taken prisoner at Port Hudson on July 9, 1863, and was imprisoned at Johnson's Island on Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio.

In 1864, Beall was appointed as a Confederate agent for the purpose of supplying Confederate prisoners of war and paroled for this purpose. He established an office in New York City and sold cotton allowed through the Union blockade of southern ports. The proceeds from these sales were used to purchase clothing and blankets for Confederate prisoners in northern prison camps. On January 3, 1865, Union General Henry Halleck wrote to General Ulysses Grant regarding Beall and complaining of the trouble he was causing with his activities.

Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton suspended Beall's parole and placed him in Fort Lafayette in New York Harbor as a prisoner of war. He was finally released from Federal custody on August 2, 1865. After the war, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became a general commission merchant.

Beall died on July 25, 1883 and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. [ad] [ph:L]

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