CDV OF CONFEDERATE LIEUTENANT C.E. MOORE, USED AS A "WANTED POSTER"

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Full standing view of Lt. Charles E. Moore (alias F.B. Mooney) in Confederate uniform. He wears a single-breasted frock with 1st Lieutenant insignia on the collar. The image is clear but slightly light. No photographer's backmark. Instead there is a printed message:

"Richmond, KY, May 23, 1870. I will pay One Thousand Dollars for the arrest and delivery of Charles E. Moore, alias F.B. Mooney, at the jail in Panola, Miss., for further trial for the murder and robbery of my brother James H. West, mule drover, [----]. Said person [----] escape from Penola jail on [----] February last, said murd[----]ut five feet eleven inches in [----] and his weight about one hundred and sixty pounds, stands erect, has large black [eyes] and sallow complexion and dark hair, has a scar on his throat, and one on his leg.  JOHN C. WEST."

One Mississippi newspaper printed a small notice on December 16, 1869: "The Tallahatchian says, the man Mooney, alias Moore, who is charged with the murder of Mr. J.H. West, of Kentucky, and with making off with his drove of mules...were taken from our county jail by the military, and carried off with them, we suppose, for safe keeping. We understand the prisoners were left at Panola in charge of the post at that place." No other items were uncovered to know if justice was ever served.

One James H. West served in the 11th KY. Cavalry but is listed as "missing" in November of 1862. No other specific military records identify any of the other names given. Very interesting early use of a CDV photograph as a "wanted poster". Damage to some of the print on the back.

From the collection of the late William Turner.  [jet] [ph:L]

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