HAND TINTED CDV OF A CONFEDERATE OFFICER POSSIBLY FROM THE SAINT AUGUSTINE BLUES OF FLORIDA

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Image is a three-quarter seated view of a Confederate officer wearing a bluish-gray double-breasted frock coat with turned down collar and matching trousers. Beneath his coat is a red checkered shirt with high white collar and black bowtie. At his waist is a black sword belt with a gold, circular, two-piece buckle and by his side he holds a cavalry saber. The subject is seated leaning against a table covered with red cloth on which his bluish/gray slouch hat sits. The hat is turned up on one side and held by a gold button. The soldier’s hair is black with tinted red cheeks and lips. Even the skin tone has been tinted in.

The contrast and clarity of the image is very good. Mount is good and the paper has a slight area of surface dirt on the upper right forehead of the subject but nothing serious.

The reverse is blank but for two modern pencil notations. One notation reads “CHAS. P. JANNEY, LEESBURG” while the other reads “FROM CDV ON EBAY C. S. RIDGELY.”

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

Charles P. Janney was born in 1839 and lived in Leesburg working first in his father’s flour mill and then was elected Loudoun County Clerk. He was latter admitted to the bar and served as Mayor of Leesburg from 1921 to 1923. He had no military service and why his name appears on the card is not known. Perhaps the image came from an album belonging to Janney and William Turner noted it on the reverse.

In regards to the Ridgely name, from the notation it seems William Turner saw an identical named image on ebay and added the name to the back of the image offered here. No “C. S. Ridgely” was found in the records but there is a Charles L. Ridgely who was a 2nd lieutenant in the St. Augustine Blues, Company B, 3rd Florida Infantry who was captured and wounded at Perryville. More research needs to be done.

Despite the confusion of the ID, this is still a great full color image of a Confederate officer.  [AD] [PH:L]

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