CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL DAVID E. TWIGGS

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Carte de visite photograph of Twiggs in pre-Civil War dress uniform. Seated studio view wearing double-breasted frock with dress shoulder epaulettes as well as sash and belt. Image is clear with good contrast. Pencil identifications on front and back. Oval photographer's backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

David Emanuel Twiggs (February 14, 1790 – July 15, 1862), born in Georgia, was a career army officer, serving during the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and Mexican–American War.

As commander of the U.S. Army's Department of Texas when the Civil War broke out, he surrendered his entire command to Confederate commissioners, with facilities, armaments and other supplies valued at $1.6 million. Dismissed from the US Army and described as a traitor, he was commissioned as a general of the Confederate States Army in 1861.

He was assigned to command the Confederate Department of Louisiana (comprising that state along with the southern half of Mississippi and Alabama), but he was past the age of 70 and in poor health. He resigned his commission before he could assume any active duty. He was succeeded by Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell in the command of New Orleans, and retired on October 11, 1861. He was the oldest Confederate general to serve, even briefly, in the Civil War.

Twiggs died of pneumonia in Augusta, Georgia on July 15, 1862. He is buried in Twiggs Cemetery, also known as the Family Burying Ground, on Good Hope Plantation in Richmond County, Georgia.  [jet] [ph:L]

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