CDV of man wearing mustache and long beard, seated in a studio setting smoking a pipe, with J.A. Scholten, St. Louis, MO backmark and 3 cent internal revenue stamp on verso. The consignor relates that the CDV was found in a Confederate Arkansas family photo album, which included views of soldiers, and the image was identified inside the album as "Gen. Wigfall." A photocopy of the album identification is included with the lot. However, this identification cannot be confirmed.
Louis Trezevant Wigfall (1816-1874) was an American politician from Texas who served as a member of the Texas Legislature, United States Senate, and Confederate Senate. Wigfall was among a group of leading secessionists known as Fire-Eaters, advocating the preservation and expansion of an aristocratic agricultural society based on slave labor. He briefly served as a Confederate Brigadier General of the Texas Brigade at the start of the Civil War before taking his seat in the Confederate Senate.
Some light soiling on surface, scattered spotting.
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