Two original photos of the Wilkes family featuring a quarter-plate daguerreotype of Captain Samuel Marion Wilkes, shown in his South Carolina militia uniform. Wilkes fought for the south in the Civil War, and was killed in action at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. Several collectors have now contacted me saying that they believe Wilkes wore this uniform when he fought for the Confederacy in the war. Before the war he was also a member of the state legislature. The second daguerreotype is a circa 1855 sixth-plate of Wilkes' wife Louisa and his son Samuel, Jr.
The album seen in the background is NOT INCLUDED. Condition: Captain Wilkes' image is a 1/4 plate in very good condition. I see tarnish spots, but no damage. The underside of the glass, which is very thick, is dirty, but can be cleaned. Looks like the original seals are in place but very fragile.Covers are separated along the spine. Wilkes' dag is also very good.. Couple of spots, but no obvious damage. Seals are inside the case but not intact. Rare unusual history museum gettysburg south southern union military photography photograph 1860s soldier picture antique vintage 1800s.
The item "Very Rare Photo Civil War Confederate Soldier Cpt Samuel Wilkes KIA in Civil War" is in sale since Monday, December 25, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Daguerreotypes". The seller is "jack_mord" and is located in Woodinville, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States.