FULL STANDING VIEW OF STAFF OFFICER CAPTAIN JOHN R. FELLOWS – LATER A US CONGRESSMAN

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CDV shows Fellows looking kind of frumpy in an oversized light-colored double-breasted frock coat with matching trousers. The coat has a very light-colored collar and cuffs with galloons on the sleeves and the three horizontal bars of a captain on the collar. Fellows is also wearing a forage cap, sword, sash and belt. He is posed with one hand resting on a podium.

Contrast and clarity are good. Mount has light to moderate surface dirt along the edges while the paper has light oxidation scattered on the surface.

Reverse has a very nice period pencil inscription that reads “CAPT. JOHN R. FELLOWS, INSPECTOR GENERAL, STAFF BRIG. GENEL. BEALL, C.S.A.”

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

John R. Fellows was born in Mechanicville, New York on July 29, 1832.  In 1850 he moved to Arkansas where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He opened an office in Camden, Arkansas and was there when the Civil War began.

He was made colonel of the 1st Arkansas and was appointed to the staff of General William N. Beall as captain and assistant adjutant general on April 23, 1863. He was captured at Port Hudson on July 7, 1863 and on the 18th, he boarded the steamer “IMPERIAL” and was shipped to Johnson’s Island, Ohio. He remained there until March 25, 1865 when he was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland for exchange but was then forwarded to Fort Delaware on April 28, 1865. There, he took the oath of allegiance and was released June 10, 1865.

After the war, he resumed the practice of law and was a member of the Arkansas State Senate, (1866-67). Moving to New York City, 1868, continued to practice law, was assistant district attorney, (1869-72, 85-87) and was district attorney, (1888-90). In 1891 he was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, serving until 1893. He then was district attorney of New York City, from 1894, until his death from cancer at age 64.

Fellows died on December 7, 1896 and was buried in Trinity Church Yard in Manhattan, New York.  [ad][ph:L]

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