CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL J.S. PRESTON WITH RICHMOND BACKMARK

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This is a CDV of Preston in uniform. The oval bust view is clear with good contrast. Preston's double-breasted uniform and collar insignia are visible. He sports a long and thick mustache in this image. Clean, untrimmed mount. Photographer's backmark is Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, VA. There are two revenue stamps on the back, each dated (cancelled) in ink, June 27, 1865.

John Smith Preston (April 20, 1809 – May 1, 1881) was a wealthy planter, soldier, and attorney who became prominent in South Carolina politics in the 19th century. An ardent secessionist, he was the state's delegate dispatched to help convince the Virginia Secession Convention to join South Carolina in seceding from the Union.

During the early part of the war, Preston served as an aide to General P.G.T. Beauregard. He later headed the bureau of conscription in Richmond. In 1864 he was promoted to brigadier general. His fashionable mansion, the Hampton-Preston House, was seized by the Union Army during the 1865 occupation of Columbia and used as the headquarters of Maj. Gen. John A. Logan. After the war, Preston traveled to England, not returning to the United States until 1868. He remained a strong defender of the Confederacy until the end of his life.

Preston died in Columbia on May 1, 1881. Interment was at the Trinity Cathedral Cemetery in Columbia, SC.  [jet] [ph:L]

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