INK SIGNED BUST VIEW OF WILLIAM B. RITTER OF THE HENRICO LIGHT ARTILLERY – LONG PERIOD INK INSCRIPTION ON THE REVERSE

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CDV shows Ritter in a dark civilian suit posed in a slight right profile. Bottom of the image is signed in faint period ink “WM. BAILY RITTER, VIRGINIA.”

Contrast and clarity is excellent. Paper and mount are good but the top edge has been slightly trimmed.

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint but does have a cancelled tax stamp. Almost the entire reverse is taken up by the following in period ink:

CAPT. WM B. RITTER. ARTILLERY C.S.A.; AND PRES W(EST) DIST. COURT MARTAIL  ???? AT ASHVILLE, N.C. 1864,5: WHEN OF A. G. HALEY, CAPT. CAVALRY REG. ARMY C.S.A. WAS DISTRICT JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL. RITTER (BORN RICHD. VA. OF GERMAN PARENTS) WAS A BRILLIANT WRITER AND SPEAKER.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

William Bailey Ritter was born in Paris, France to German parents on March 23, 1840.

He attended the Virginia Military Institute from 1852 to 1853 but he failed math and resigned. He then returned to Germany to complete his education.

Returning to this country, he was appointed Quarter Master Sergeant in the 38th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery at Richmond on April 25, 1861.

On April 30, 1862 Ritter accepted the appointment as captain of Sands’ Company of the Henrico Virginia Light Artillery. Ritter became sick in August of 1862 but soon returned.

Records are unclear but at some point Ritter left his regiment to train in Richmond for ordnance duty. By March of 1864 he was serving as Ordnance Officer on the staff of General Junius Daniel and later in that year he was serving General Bryan Grimes in the same capacity. In December of 1864 he was assigned to court-martial duty but at the end of the war he is listed among the officers surrendered at Appomattox.

Ritter died on July 1, 1867 and is buried in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery.  [ad] [ph:L]

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