CDV OF MORRIS GREENWALL, 10TH LA. INFANTRY, SPECIAL & SECRET DETECTIVE, 1ST LA. ZOUAVE BATTALION

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This is a standing studio view of Greenwall in a Confederate Lieutenant's uniform. He wears a double-breasted frock with collar insignia visible. The image is clear with very good contrast. Photographer's backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, from a Brady negative. The back is also full of various notes. At top appears to have faint original signature that was gone over with a darker pencil at a later date. Under that is the last name in pen. Under that is, "Zacheriah Greenwall, 1 LA Zouaves".

No Zacheriah Greenwalls are found in Civil War records. Only five "Greenwalls" served in the Confederacy and only two of those in Louisiana units.

This is Morris Greenwall who was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 10th Louisiana Infantry in the summer of 1862. At this time they were part of the Army of Northern Virginia. In December 1862 Greenwall was attached to the Provost Marshall's Department, Bureau of Conscription at a "Special and Secret Detective". His job apparently was to find deserters. He held this position from December 1862 until January 25, 1864. After that he himself went "missing" and was eventually found. By March of 1864 he is listed as a Conscript at Camp Lee near Richmond. He was assigned to the 1st LA. Zouave Battalion with a rank of Private. He must not approve of this assignment because on October 26, 1864 he is in New York City applying for a U.S. passport. This also may explain the Anthony backmark.

Morris Greenwall was born on January 3, 1838 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died on March 13, 1885 (aged 47) in San Francisco, California and is buried in Salem Memorial Park and Garden, Colma, California.

From the collection of the late William Turner.  [jet] [ph:L]

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