CDV OF COL. AUGUSTUS FORSBERG, 51ST VIRGINIA INFANTRY -- LYNCHBURG BACKMARK

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This CDV photograph is a waist up view of Forsberg in civilian clothes. His hand is bandaged (from a wound at Winchester) as appears in other photos of him in uniform. Image is clear with very good contrast. Mount is clean and without damage. Signed in ink on the back, "Col. Fosberg". Photographer's backmark, Tanner & Van Ness, Lynchburg, VA.

Augustus Forsberg (1832-1910) was a Swedish military engineer who emigrated to the United States in 1855. First settling in Charleston, South Carolina, he had strong sympathies for the Southern cause. When the Civil War began, he joined the Confederacy and was commissioned lieutenant in the regular Confederate army 1861. Attached to the 51st Virginia Volunteer Infantry, he was elected its lieutenant colonel when the regiment was reorganized in the spring of 1862. Subsequently, promoted to its colonel, he commanded a brigade at the end of the war. Wounded at Winchester in September of 1864, he was captured at Waynesboro, Virginia on March 2, 1865. He was sent to Fort Delaware.

Released, he ventured to Lynchburg, Virginia, to marry the woman he had met as a convalescent. They settled and made a family in the town, and Forsberg served as its city engineer for over twenty years. He died in 1910 and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lynchburg.

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

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