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Wonderful Richmond Backmarked CDV of the Grave of Stonewall Jackson
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This is a great Confederate CDV Image. This is a CDV of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's grave. IT has the hand written title in period ink on the reverse and the imprint of the Selden & Co. firm in Richmond, Virginia. There is another known view of Jackson's grave credited to Michael Miley, suggesting that he may have originally produced this photograph as well. Michael Miley (1841-1918) saw service for the Confederacy in the Stonewall Brigade during the "Lost Cause," and followed his general, Robert E. Lee, to Lexington in 1866. He learned photography as a prisoner of war after being captured at Chancellorsville, no doubt also influenced the itinerant photographers who followed the armies taking images of the fresh recruits and documenting the destruction of battles. He apparently was a "natural" and captured some of the most iconic post-war images of the General, such as Lee on Traveller and his portraits as President of the University. When Lee died, Miley focused on life in and around Lexington; scenery was a favorite of Lee's, so Miley shot many landscapes; but his "bread and butter" was photographing the students of Washington and Lee University and VMI. He is also credited with discoveries in color photography, but apparently it was a laborious method that Miley did not think others could duplicate, and he did not want any failures with his name attached. Although he received a patent in 1902 for his process (no. 711,875) he never realized any profit from it. And it is thought that the fire that destroyed his studio in 1907 virtually insured that his name would be forgotten relative to his work with color photography. He never gave up trying to develop a more efficient method (that also lived up to his high standards), but age was slowing his work, and he never really achieved a satisfactory product before his death in 1918. THis is a great image of the final resting place of a true Confederate hero.

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