VERY NICE TINTED BUST VIEW OF THE COMMANDER OF THE ORPHAN BRIGADE – GENERAL JOSEPH H. LEWIS

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Image is a CDV showing Lewis from the mid-chest up. He wears a double-breasted frockcoat with generals’ insignia on the collar. His buttons and rank insignia are tinted gold and his checks are tinted rose which, combined with the light uniform and the dark hair and mustache, almost gives the image the appearance of being a color photograph.

Clarity and contrast are good. Mount is good and the paper is very lightly toned.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for E. & H. T. ANTHONY… NEW YORK. Just above the imprint is a period pencil ID of “GEN. LEWIS.” There is also a modern pencil ID as well as collector information in pencil at bottom.

From the collection of the late William A. Turner.

His biography taken from “Confederate Military History,” vol. XI, p. 245 reads:

“Joseph Horace Lewis was born in Barren County, Kentucky, October 24, 1824.  His parents were well to do, and he was given a thorough education and prepared for the profession of law.  He began his practice at Glasgow, and soon becoming prominent in politics, was the Democratic candidate for Congress in 1857.

Though defeated by a small majority, he made such an able canvass that he was again nominated in 1860 as the choice of the supporters of General Breckinridge.  On September 20, 1861, after the neutrality of the State had been violated by the Federals, he established a camp at Cave City for the organization of a regiment, and early in November he and Colonel Cofer united their recruits, forming the Sixth Kentucky Infantry, of which Lewis became colonel at the organization, and was commissioned to date from November 1st.

His first battle was Shiloh, where two horses were killed under him and another wounded.  After participating in the operations around Corinth, he accompanied his command to Vicksburg, and there was taken seriously ill, preventing his taking part in the battle of Baton Rouge.

At Murfreesboro, again in command, he was distinguished as at Shiloh and throughout his career, for intrepid valor in the assault and steadfastness under reverses.  He was in the Mississippi campaign under Gen. J. E. Johnston, and next fought at Chickamauga.  In the midst of that battle, upon the death of General Helm, he was called to the command of the Kentucky brigade, which he retained until the close of the war.

His commission as brigadier-general was dated September 30, 1863.  At the battle of Missionary Ridge he and his brigade shared the honors of the gallant fighters under Cleburne, and afterward guarded the retreat of the otherwise defeated army.

He commanded Bate's division during the operations about Dalton in February, 1864, and led the Kentuckians gallantly during the incessant fighting of the Atlanta campaign, receiving his only wound, a bruise from shrapnel, at Jonesboro.  On September 7th, by order of General Hood, he began mounting his brigade at Griffin, GA, and during the subsequent advance of Sherman to Savannah and through the Carolinas, he and his men were in constant activity, fighting as mounted infantry under Gen. Joseph Wheeler.

At the end he was with the escort of President Davis and cabinet, and surrendered near Washington, Ga.

Returning to Glasgow in May, 1865, he presently resumed the practice of law.  He served with credit in the United States Congress, by election in 1870 and 1872, and afterward, upon the death of his old comrade, Chief Justice Cofer, was elected to the Kentucky court of appeals.”

Joseph H. Lewis died on July 6, 1904 in Georgetown, Kentucky and is buried in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, Glasgow, Kentucky. [ad] [ph:L]

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