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Ran across this on Facebook....

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Pvt. Alexander Fox Moore, Company G, 17th Mississippi Infantry [in Barksdale's Brigade]. He enlisted in Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi on 16 March 1862. He was present for duty for the entire war except for 2 instances of illness for which he was hospitalized. He was with his unit at the surrender at Appomattox.

https://www.facebook.com/109519419741533/photos/a.291183281575145/291183304908476/?type=3&theater

No source listed there, but I see it's on his Find A Grave page:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57879521/alexander-fox-moore
 
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George Crosby (1842/43-1862); here while a student at Wesleyan University in 1861 or early 1862, having just enrolled. He joined the local militia and recruited, and was named 2nd Lieutenant in the 14th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. During their first battle, being Antietam, he was mortally wounded by a bullet, surviving for another month before dying back home.

Pictures and more about him in this blog.
 
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A rather famous one, John C. Tidball (1825-1906) around 1849. The 1848 West Pointer commanded a brigade of horse artillery, and later some corps artillery, in the Army of the Potomac. Considered a stellar artillery officer, the Colonel was brevetted Major General when the war ended. He´d continue his service until retirement in 1889.

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Hope it's ok to bring family to the thread. James Polk Knox Huson, 1845 - 1863, military records say ' farmer '. Grapes. Was at school when war broke out. 126th NY, captured Sept. 15th 1862, paroled Sept. 16th, the Harper's Ferry fiasco. Killed July 2nd, 1863, Bliss Barn. Buried as unknown in the National Cemetery.

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@Zella , when you're back, maybe link this thread? Have a feeling quite a few members have ancestors whose photos pre-date the war? ( having said that, please don't feel it's like an order.... just thought it'd be a great thread for your forum, given ' Civil War participants ' includes your entire forum. ) :nerd: . That's supposed to indicate I know what I'm doing, fooling no one.
 
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William Reynolds (1815-1879). In theory I´d say according to the cuffs as Passed Midshipman between 1837 and 1841 but back then the regulations were somewhat different so I´m not sure. Anyway, during the civil war the Commander captained the USS Vermont and the USS New Hampshire, both outdated ships of the line used for non-combat duties. Afterwards the brother of Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds continued to serve, becoming Chief of the Bureau of Equipment and commanding the Asiatic Squadron, eventually retiring as a Rear Admiral. His wife, Rebecca Krug Reynolds, is documented as first American woman to walk on the Great Wall of China.

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George H. Stevens (1831-1863), here as 1st Sergeant in the Wisconsin State Militia, most likely between 1856 and 1858. When the civil war began the born New Yorker, who had lived in Australia for some time before moving to Wisconsin, led a company of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. He was Lieutenant Colonel when his regiment, as part of the Iron Brigade, fought on the first day of Gettysburg where he was mortally wounded.

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Solomon Williams (1835-1863), cousin-in-law to Confederate Brig. Gen. John Pegram, graduated from West Point in 1858 and became a cavalry officer. He sided with the south and commanded the 12th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, later transferring to lead the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry Regiment instead. The Colonel was killed at Brandy Station.

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George A. Cunningham (1835-1904) graduated from West Point in 1857. Born south but educated north; he still sided with the Confederacy, initially serving in the 51st Virginia Infantry Regiment. However he transferred and commanded heavy artillery in various theaters, ending the war with Johnston in North Carolina. Afterwards the Colonel became a businessman. Collum's Register says that he also served in the Korean military in 1888/1889 but I found no further info on that.

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George W. McKee (1842-1891) graduated from West Point in 1863 and served as ordnance officer in the south and east. Afterwards the Lieutenant continued his ordnance service. He eventually died of illness, ranking Major, while in command of the Frankford Arsenal, Pennsylvania (just like Stephen C. Lyford posted a few days ago).

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Another prominent one, Dr. Lafayette Guild (1825-1870), here as Assistant Surgeon between 1849 and 1861. Being dismissed from the U.S. Army, as he refused the new oath of allegiance, he joined the Confederates. In 1862 he became Medical Director of the Army of Northern Virginia and would hold that post for the rest of the war. Afterwareds he continued his medical career in Alabama.

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Group of VMI cadets, around 1856. The only identication I have is the one on the left, Francis M. Boykin III. Graduating in 1856, the son of a militia general became a surveyor and teacher. During the war he served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment and became a POW at Sailor`s Creek. Afterwards he found success in the tobacco business.

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Egbert A. Ross (1842-1863), here as cadet at the Hillsborough Military Academy in 1860 or early 1861. Like many other cadets (and their superintendent as well) he left the academy when the war began and joined a unit of volunteers, his would become part of the Bethel Regiment (1st, later 11th, North Carolina Infantry Regiment). On the first day of Gettysburg the young Major, eventually commanding the regiment, was killed at McPherson`s Ridge.

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Elbert S. Jemison (1835-1896), here with his wife Louisa A. McElderry Jemison on their wedding trip, 1858. Jemison was an Alabamian lawyer who moved to Texas. During the war he served as Captain in the 1st Texas Infantry Regiment, back in the east, and was wounded several times. He eventually was detached to recruit back in the west and resigned in 1864. Afterwards he became a businessman.

More info in the threads Elbert & Louisa Jemison’s wedding trip picture in 1858 and Men of Hood's Texas Brigade.
 
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Francis Beach (1835-1873) graduated from West Point in 1857 and served as artillery and staff officer. In late 1862 he became Colonel of the 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment. He´d spend most of the war in southern Virginia and in North Carolina, occasionally leading a brigade and briefly becoming a POW at Plymouth. Frequently sick; the Captain resigned in 1871 and died two years later.

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Joseph L. Kirby Smith (1836-1862) graduated from West Point in 1857 and became a topographical engineer. In late 1861 he became Colonel of the 43rd Ohio Infantry Regiment, leading it in the west. Being mortally wounded at Corinth, he died a week later. He was the son of E. Kirby Smith ... being Ephraim Kirby Smith, the later (killed in Mexico) being the brother of the more famous E. Kirby Smith that is Edmund Kirby Smith. Apparently the young Kirby Smith had a grudge on the more famous E. Kirby Smith for using the initials of the less famous E. Kirby Smith while serving in the CSA.

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