INK SIGNED BUST VIEW CDV OF HOLCOMBE LEGION CAVALRY AND 7TH SOUTH CAROLINA SERGEANT

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View is of John B. Lee in a dark civilian suit. Bottom of the image is signed in ink “J. BENJAMIN LEE 7th SO. CA. CAVALRY.”

Image has good clarity and contrast. Mount is good but the paper has light surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for J. H. BOSTWICK… BRISTOL, PA. There is also some collector information in pencil at bottom.

Unfortunately, there are two men named J. B. Lee in the 7th South Carolina Cavalry. Originally we thought they were the same man, but viewing their records shows that they are two different people.

The first is listed simply as J. B. Lee. His service records from the archives show that he enlisted as a private in Captain John H. Tucker’s Company of South Carolina Cavalry on February 7, 1863 and is listed as present through April 1863 where his record ends. It is noted that Tucker’s Company subsequently became part of Companies A and F of the 7th South Carolina Cavalry. J. B. Lee is listed on the roster of the 7th South Carolina as serving in Company F. A findagrave.com listing for this man lists him as “PVT. JOHN BENJAMIN LEE OF CO. F 7th SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY.”

The second is listed as John B. Lee. His records from the archives show that he enlisted as a private in Company E of Holcombe’s Legion Cavalry on September 21, 1861. He was promoted to 3rd sergeant June 18, 1862. In October of 1862 he was granted a furlough and was back with his Company in November. Lee was promoted once again, this time to 2nd sergeant in early 1863.

In March of 1864 Holcombe’s Cavalry was made the 7th South Carolina Cavalry and Lee then served in Company H. At the time of the change, Lee was absent on sick furlough. The last muster roll in his record is for September & October of 1864 and it shows him still on sick leave. There his record ends. A findagrave.com listing could not be found for this man so what the middle initial “B” stands for is anyone’s guess.

The Holcombe Legion of South Carolina was organized November 21, 1861. It was composed of a cavalry and infantry battalion but no artillery companies. The four-company cavalry battalion served for a time in the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia where it saw action on Edisto Island, South Carolina in March of 1862 and at Seven Pines, Virginia on May 31, 1862. It was later assigned to the Department of Richmond, and eventually became part of the 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry on March 18, 1864 seeing action at Peterburg, New Market Heights, Ropers Farm, Sailors Creek and Appomattox.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.  [ad] [ph:L]

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