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Id’d Sixth Plate Tintype of Private Charles Farish, Co. B 9th Va. Cavalry, KIA


Id’d Sixth Plate Tintype of Private Charles Farish, Co. B 9th Va. Cavalry, KIA – This is a fine tintype of Corporal Farish, taken in December of 1861 by the Fredericksburg photographer, Burke. The image is in superior condition and clearly depicts Farish in an early war enlisted man’s frock coat; he is wearing a jaunty forage cap and high mounted style boots. Farish’s buttons, frock coat cuff chevrons and vest bullion have been tinted. Farish poses in the image seated, with his right arm resting on two books on a table. The image is housed in its original half case, with its original gilded framing and preserver, as well as its original glass. Inside the case, behind the image is a period piece of plain paper that exhibits two inscriptions – one is inked and reads: “Killed Oct. 11th 1863 near Brandy Station, Culpeper Co.. Va” and “With virtues fully ripe for heaven, he was alas, for earth too bright / Nov. 12th 1863”; the second inscription, in pencil, beneath and upside down from the first inscription, reads: “Lucy L. Gouldin   Caroline Co.  Va Dec. 5th 1861”. When this paper was removed, a third inscription was discovered on the paper covering the interior of the half image case, also behind the image; this inscription reads: “This picture was taken by Burke of Fredericksburg  /  Dec 3rd 1861”.

The name Lucy L. Gouldin was pivotal in establishing the identity of this Confederate cavalryman. Lucy Gouldin was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Waring Gouldin and Louisa Eveline Redd of Caroline County, Virginia; Lucy’s brother, Thomas Robley Gouldin, had a child named Mary Edmonds Gouldin who married a Royston Amiss Farish. Royston is descended from Stevens Farish (b. 1762) who shares this common ancestor with Charles Farish, who was born in 1841, all from Caroline Co. Corporal John W. Broaddus of Caroline County, husband of Lucy Gouldin, was a member of the 9th Virginia Cavalry, Company B. This unit, originally known at the Caroline Light Dragoons, entered the service of the Confederate Army, as Co. B of the 9th Virginia Cavalry. All dates enumerated on the two papers contained within this image’s half case, concur with the dates of Farish’s service and death, as well as the location of his death.

Charles W. Farish

Residence Caroline County VA; 19 years old.  Enlisted on 5/6/1861 at Caroline County, VA as a Private.  On 5/6/1861 he mustered into “B” Co. VA 9th Cavalry  He was Killed on 10/11/1863 at Brandy Station, VA   He was listed as: *Wounded 7/8/1863 Maryland   Promotions: *Corpl 3/15/1863

The 9th Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment raised in Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia.

Virginia’s 9th Cavalry Regiment was formed in January, 1862, using John E. Johnson’s eight company 1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (“Lee’s Legion”) as its nucleus. These companies and the two added were from the counties of Stafford, Caroline, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Essex, Spotsylvania, Lunenburg, King William, King George, and Richmond.

The unit served in W.H.F. Lee’s, Chambliss’, and Beale’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought in the Seven Days’ Battles and the conflicts at Gainesville, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Dumfries, Rapidan Station, Brandy Station, Upperville, Hanover, Gettysburg, Williamsport, Funkstown, and Culpeper Court House. The 9th went on to fight at Bristoe, Mine Run, The Wilderness, and Todd’s Tavern. Later it skirmished around Richmond and Petersburg, then was active in the Appomattox operations.

This unit reported 32 casualties at Upperville, lost four percent of the 490 engaged at Gettysburg, and had 22 disabled at Williamsport. It surrendered 1 officer and 26 men. The field officers were Colonels Richard L. T. Beale, John E. Johnson, W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee, and Thomas Waller; Lieutenant Colonel Meriwether Lewis; and Major Samuel A. Swann.


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