War Between The States Just sold an extremely rare Civil War cdv photograph of Confederate General William H. Wallace. The view was an early war pose taken while he was Lieutenant Colonel of the 18th South Carolina Infantr
News-Antique.com - Apr 09,2010 - Just sold an extremely rare Civil War cdv photograph of Confederate General William H. Wallace. The view was an early war pose taken while he was Lieutenant Colonel of the 18th South Carolina Infantry. To my knowledge this is an unpublished view!
(1827-1901) William H. Wallace was born in the Laurens District, of South Carolina. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1849, and afterwards was a planter, newspaper publisher, and attorney. He served as a member of the South Carolina legislature, and voted for secession in 1860. At the outbreak of the War Between The States, he enlisted as a private in Co. A, 18th South Carolina Infantry. Elected lieutenant colonel of the regiment in May 1862, he led them into Virginia fighting in the battle of 2nd Manassas. He then fought in the battles of South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, before moving west to serve under Gen. J.E. Johnston during the Vicksburg campaign. Returning to his native South Carolina in August 1863, he took part in the defense of Charleston. In the spring of 1864, Wallace was sent to Petersburg, Va. where he served in the brigade of Gen. Stephen Elliott, Jr. During the battle of the Crater, four companies of Wallace's regiment were blown up in the explosion, and in the ensuing battle when Gen. Elliott fell wounded, Wallace took over command of the brigade. Promoted to brigadier general on Sept. 20, 1864, Wallace led his brigade through the forlorn winter of '64-65 and at the battle of Five Forks, Va., on April 1, 1865, he held the Confederate left which was devastated by the Union assault. Five days later he was decimated at Sayler's Creek, and he led what was left of his command to surrender at Appomattox on April 9th. After the war, Wallace resumed his legal practice and also served three terms in the state legislature.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/4 x 3 5/8 card. Mount is trimmed. Full standing view wearing a double breasted Confederate frock coat, two piece sword belt plate, high black leather boots, and holding his sword and kepi with braiding on the top. No backmark. This is an extremely rare early war view showing him as lieutenant colonel of the 18th South Carolina Infantry.
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