Ambrotype of an Armed Confederate Soldier


Ambrotype of an Armed Confederate Soldier: This crystal clear, ninth plate ambrotype is a fine image, housed in a complete case. It surfaced recently, directly from the estate of Grace Brubaker, the daughter of John W. and Sallie Bushong Brubaker. Her mother was a Bushong, and a direct descendant of the family that owned the Bushong farm in New Market, (Shenandoah County), Va., site of the famed involvement of the young, VMI Cadet Corps, in combat, on May 15, 1864. Grace Brubaker’s great-grandparents were Anderson M. Bushong and Elizabeth A. Swartz; her mother, Sallie Bushong, married a Brubaker, whose family was from the next county (Page).

This young Confederate soldier appears, in the image, wearing a fine, homespun suit and matching vest, white dress shirt and black tie. He holds in his hand, a sizable, D-guard style Bowie; the knife’s D-guard has been gilded, leading one to assume that it was originally brass. This is a great, armed image, showing an earnest, young farmer, perhaps related to the owners of the Bushong house and land that became a focal point of one of Virginia’s most significant of Civil War battles.

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