Civilian CDV of Captain Benjamin Howard Shackleford, 17th Virginia Infantry - Warrenton Rifles - W. Roads, Charlottesville Backmark - Autograph

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Civilian CDV of Captain Benjamin Howard Shackleford, 17th Virginia Infantry - Warrenton Rifles - W. Roads, Charlottesville Backmark - Autograph

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Item No. 1429706

An excellent postwar civilian CDV of Benjamin Howard Shackleford, who was an officer in the “Warrenton Rifles” during the Battle of Fairfax Court House on June 1, 1861, during which the militia company’s captain, John Quincy Marr, was killed, becoming the first Confederate officer to be killed by a Union soldier in the war. Following the battle it was Shackleford who would be the company’s captain when they became Company K of the 17th Virginia Infantry. Shackleford was wounded at Blackburn’s Ford on July 18 and resigned in February 1862. In May 1863 he was detailed to the Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Shackleford died in 1870 and is buried in Warrenton. The CDV is signed at the bottom by Shackleford and on the reverse has the backmark of W. Roads of Charlottesville. The carte measures about 2 1/2” x 4” and is in excellent condition.

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