CDV OF CONFEDERATE MAJOR DELAWARE B. KEMPER, CHARLESTON BACKMARK

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This CDV photograph is a bust view of Delaware B. Kemper in a Major's uniform. It appears like someone tried to add a second star on his collar when he was promoted. Image is clear with fair contrast. Lower corner of image is torn away but does not affect portrait, mount is good. Period ink name and 1862 date along lower edge. Photographer's backmark, Geo. S. Cook, Charleston, SC. Two old glue spots on back.

He was from Alexandria, Virginia. Having enlisted, he was elected Captain in the Alexandria Light Artillery. This Company was merged into 18th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery as Company E on 6/21/1862. He fought at 1st Manassas; was promoted 6/25/1862 to Major of Artillery, Kemper's Battalion, Reserve Artillery; wounded in shoulder 8/30/1862 at 2nd Manassas; promoted to Lt. Col. 3/2/1863. He was transferred to Department of SC, GA and FL in 1865 and surrendered at Greensboro, NC.

Delaware Kemper was teacher after the war, being a Professor at Hampden-Sydney College, VA., 1866-1882. Married Frances Snowden Hays in 1871. He was appointed U.S. Consul to Amoy, China, 1885-89 by President Grover Cleveland; returned to Alexandria 1897.

Originally in the William A. Turner collection. [jet] [ph:L]

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