1860's CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE GEN JOHN FLOYD CDV PHOTO

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 28,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction
VERY rare, original, 1860's, CDV Photograph of Confederate Civil War General, Governor of Virginia and United States Secretary of War John B. Floyd by Mathew Brady. This fantastic, period, albumen Photograph measures approx. 2” x 3 1/4” and is mounted on its original, square corner CDV Card Mount (card measures approx 2 3/8" x 4"). The portrait is printed on the reverse with the photographers mark that reads in part "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony... Manufacturers of the Best Photographic Albums". This wonderful, 3/4 length, standing portrait pictures Floyd in civilian dress and was likely taken by Mathew Brady sometime in early 1861 while Floyd was serving as the U. S. Secretary of War.

John Buchanan Floyd (June 1, 1806 – August 26, 1863) was the 31st Governor of Virginia, U.S. Secretary of War, and the Confederate general in the American Civil War who lost the crucial Battle of Fort Donelson. From 1849 to 1852, Floyd served as the Governor of Virginia. In March 1857, Floyd became Secretary of War in the cabinet of President James Buchanan, where his lack of administrative ability was soon apparent, including the poor execution of the Utah Expedition. In December 1860, on ascertaining that Floyd had honored heavy drafts made by government contractors in anticipation of their earnings, the president requested his resignation. Several days later Floyd was indicted for malversation in office, although the indictment was overruled in 1861 on technical grounds. There is no proof that he profited by these irregular transactions; in fact, he went out of the office financially embarrassed. After the secession of Virginia, Floyd was commissioned a major general in the Provisional Army of Virginia, but on May 23, 1861, he was appointed a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army.

This outstanding CDV Portrait Photograph of General Floyd came to us in a simply fantastic 1860's CDV Photo Album recently purchased from an estate in northeastern Massachusetts containing 100+ Images of Civil War Generals, Officers and Political Figures. The Photographs from this Album are fresh to the market and we are proud to be offering these rare and in some cases important Albumen CDV's (90% of which are by Mathew Brady), without reserve, at our weekly auctions over the next few week.

This rare and wonderful CDV Photograph is in very good condition. The Image exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich tonality with some overall mottling. Both the Albumen Photograph and the Card Mount are clean and crisp and very well preserved.

A very rare and beautiful, 1860's CDV Photograph of Confederate Civil War General John B. Floyd by Mathew Brady and a fantastic addition to any collection!!

Be sure to check out this seller’s other auctions for a number of rare Civil War CDV Photographs being offered for sale this week on eBay!!

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