CDV ATTRIBUTED TO OFFICER WHO SERVED IN THREE CONFEDERATE CAVALRY UNITS

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Image is a bust view of Joseph R. Kessler of Indianola, Texas. He wears a dark forage cap and light-colored triple-breasted frockcoat with rows of dark braid across the chest and 2nd lieutenant’s shoulder straps.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Paper and mount are good but the corners of the mount are lightly snipped.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for ISRAEL & CO… BALTIMORE. Reverse also has a modern pencil ID along with the units Kessler served in.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner and was most likely identified by him from a photo album page.

Joseph R. Kessler first appears in the records as captain of Company D, 3rd Virginia State Line Cavalry on August 17, 1862. When the State Line units were disbanded on March 31, 1863 Kessler was transferred in rank to Company C, 19th Virginia Cavalry. In June of 1863 Kessler was elected major and served in that capacity until February 26, 1864 when he was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 46th Virginia Cavalry Battalion.

While in this last assignment, Kessler was captured at Fisher’s Hill, Virginia on October 8, 1864. He was sent to Harper’s Ferry and from there he was confined at Fort Delaware. He took the oath of allegiance on July 24, 1865 and was released. At the time he was described as being 5’ 6” tall with dark hair, dark complexion and gray eyes. The hair, complexion and eyes match what is seen in the photo.

After the war he lived in Covington, Virginia but that is all that is known of him.  [ad][ph:L]

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