This rare tintype features two Missouri State Guard soldiers. On the right is Private P. S. Alexander of the Moniteau County Rangers; his comrade is Private S. W. Stone of the California Guards. Both are dressed in civilian clothing, typical of the Missouri State Guard. Stone is wearing an elaborate tooled leather sheath with a Bowie knife and is holding a musket, while Alexander is holding a civilian half-stock rifle and has a large knife in his belt. A bouquet of flowers adorns his hat.
Image Courtesy Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 30025
Thomas Duvall (left) and William Duvall (right), along with brother Henderson, enlisted in Company C, 3rd Missouri Infantry on December 10, 1861, at Richmond, Missouri, after prior service in the Missouri State Guard. William was promoted to lieutenant on May 8, 1862.
The Duvalls fought at Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Farmington, Iuka and Corinth. On October 4, 1862, Lieutenant William Duvall was killed during the Confederate attack on Corinth, trying to plant the Confederate flag on the Union fortifications. Lieutenant Colonel Finley L. Hubbell, 3rd Missouri Infantry, recorded in his diary that William died waving his sword and shouting “Victory.”
Thomas Duvall and his brother Henderson were later killed at Champion Hill, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.
Image Courtesy Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield; WICR 30171
Pvt. Lumsdens Alabama Artillery, in a Columbus Depot jacket.