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Confederate James C. Daves 32nd Tennessee Infantry Ambrotype

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Absolutely killer, sixth plate ambrotype of a double armed James Carroll Daves of the 32nd Tennessee Infantry. This view shows James dressed in a very dark grey frock coat and what appear to be just simple brass coin buttons. An unemotional gaze rests upon his face while brandishing a Colt Root revolver and drawing a massive D-Guard bowie knife from his belt. James would muster with Company A of Captain Calaway Tuckers Company of Tennessee Volunteers, known as ” The Swan Creek Guards” in October of 1861. At 30 years of age, he would muster at Camp Trousdale for the period of 12 months. For the entire first year of his term, he would be on sick furlough from January of 1862 until December 8th. James would return to the regiment and be present until June of the following year when he is reported as deserting on the 28th of that month. And that is where the record goes dead. I can find no further record on his service following that date. I do know that he would live until May, 1875. If I were to guess, his health issues resulted in an early discharge and he was sent home. This has an old pencil inscription inside the case, written in two different hands. The first and earlier inscription reads, “M. M. Daves Fayetteville, Tenn”. This would be in reference to James wife, Margaret M. Daves who James wed in 1851. The second inscription is later and written presumably by a photographer reading “2 – 8 x10 placed in best oval frames Geo. P. Haley”. It would appear that at some point, somebody requested two 8 x 10 albumen images to be made from this ambrotype and to be placed in oval frames. Perhaps they are still out there waiting to be found! This view does have some condition issues related to the surface of the image but still a really awesome rebel image!

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