CDV OF C.S. GENERAL STERLING PRICE

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Seated view of Price in Confederate uniform. He wears a double-breasted frock with general’s collar and sleeve insignia. Image is likely a second-generation photo. Corners of the mount have been trimmed. Photographer’s backmark, Ben Oppenheimer from Mobile.

Sterling Price (September 14, 1809 – September 29, 1867) was a senior officer of the Confederate States Army who fought in both the Western and Trans-Mississippi theaters of the American Civil War. He rose to prominence during the Mexican–American War and served as governor of Missouri from 1853 to 1857. He is remembered today for his service in Arkansas (1862–1865) and for his defeat at the Battle of Westport on October 23, 1864.

Price was engaged in many notable fights during the Civil War: Battle of Carthage, Battle of Wilson's Creek, Battle of Lexington, Battle of Pea Ridge (WIA), Battle of Iuka, Battle of Corinth, Battle of Helena, Little Rock Campaign, Camden Expedition, and the Missouri Expedition.

Rather than surrender, Price emigrated to Mexico, where he and several of his former compatriots attempted to start a colony of Southerners. He settled in a Confederate exile colony in Carlota, Veracruz. There Price unsuccessfully sought service with the Emperor Maximilian. When the colony failed, he returned to Missouri.

While in Mexico, Price started having severe intestinal problems, which grew worse in August 1866 when he contracted typhoid fever. Impoverished and in poor health, Price died of cholera in St. Louis, Missouri. Price's funeral was held on October 3, 1867, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church. His body was carried by a black hearse drawn by six matching black horses, and his funeral procession was the largest to take place in St. Louis up to that point. He was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.   [jet] [ph:L]

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