PERIOD PENCIL ID WARTIME VIEW OF THOMAS A. BRANDER 20TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY AND THE LETCHER ARTILLERY – PRESENT AT THE EXECUTION OF JOHN BROWN

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CDV is a bust view of Brander in the uniform of a Confederate 2nd lieutenant. Bottom center of the mount bears a period pencil inscription that reads “THOMAS BANDER, LETCHER ARTILLERY.”

Clarity is good but the contrast is light. Mount and paper have scattered surface dirt with a faded ink stain along the left edge.

Reverse is blank but for some collector information in pencil.

Thomas Alexander Brander was born at his family home in Richmond on December 12, 1839.

As a young man he served as a private in Company F of the 1st Virginia Regiment and took part in the capture and execution of John Brown.

On May 1, 1861 Brander received a commission as 2nd lieutenant in Company A, 20th Virginia Infantry and took part in the battle of Rich Mountain. After that battle he was recommended for promotion for gallant and efficient service and was made captain in the Provisional Army of Virginia.

Brander helped to raise a six gun battery known as the Letcher Battery and accepted a position as junior lieutenant. He served in this position through the battles around Richmond and at Harper’s Ferry during the Antietam Campaign. He was present at Fredericksburg where his horse was killed and he was slightly wounded by an artillery shell.

Brander was promoted to captain for gallant service in the Chancellorsville Campaign and served in that capacity until 1865 when he was made major. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

After the war he was a driving force of the UCV, present at all their reunions and doing whatever he could to memorialize the late Confederacy and her veterans.

Brander died in Richmond on December 28, 1900 and is buried there in Hollywood Cemetery.  [ad] [ph:L]

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