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Posted 4 years ago


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I found this item for a couple of dollars at a flea market years ago. I really just bought it mostly for the case. The case was already in two pieces. At one time I used to place old black and white family photos in the case (while saving the original tintype to replace at a later date).

What makes this one different is as I gently lifted up the original photo of a lady in a fancy dress, I found a carefully saved newspaper scrap which describes a Civil War battle (both sides). I assume it is from a Northern newspaper judging from the teminology used ("Federal governement, Rebel Guerrilla"). I cant see a specific date or location in the newspaper article. It is ripped at an angle and it is difficult read in its' entirety.

Postscript: I flipped over the newspaper clipping in case anyone in interested. I think the other side was the part which described the battle

Once I removed the newspaper clipping, I found my favorite part. In very Victorian feminine handwriting it says "Remember me as your truest and in my virtue ever trust"

(I often wonder if Laura ever got her man back after the war....)


  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Nice image and case-- I like the period ink inscription as well.

    The CDV sized cases are very hard to find and bring fairly good money without an image!

  2. BigTex BigTex, 4 years ago
    The handsome guy is my Father, BigTexSenior. I didn't want to disturb the old metal work by removing his pic for this posting.
  3. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Great find! Love those little hidden details.

    Would be cool to see a clearer scan of the tintype too - it's amazing how her jewelry glows. Was it hand-painted over?

    Looks like she's wearing a chatelaine too :)
  4. BigTex BigTex, 4 years ago
    Hunter, actually the image of the woman is very faded and did not photograph very well. The original was hand tinted on her cheeks, earrings, jewelry and chatelaine.
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    The news article sound just like the capture of Gen. Stoughton by John Mosby's Rangers except the description of the area which appears to be in Pennsylvania.
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    It's great when you get a bonus like that.
    There seems to be a fair bit of info in the article with the name Col. R Johnston & locations Herden & Chantilly, VA, & Germantown, MD a civil war buff could probably provide more details.
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    B'buss I was slow in typing my response, we seem to have come up with different conclusions.
    I am definitely not a Civil War historian.
  8. BigTex BigTex, 4 years ago
    Interesting info, guys. Thanks. The back of the newspaper scrap has more info. Would you care to see the backside? I can change out the photo.
  9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Mosby & his men grabbed Stoughton at Fairfax Courthouse, VA. along with 2 captains a bunch of men & horses. Mosby & his Rangers were often called "guerrillas", among other things, by the yankees.
  10. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Fairfax, VA is only 7 - 8 miles from Herden & Chantilly, VA.

    I think you should post the other side, B'buss can then fill in some more blanks.
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I've got more blanks than filler now! Stoughton involuntarily relinquished his command on march 8, 1863 & is a funny story.
  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Did someone get slapped?

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