(June 14, 2000)
|"Not Necessarily The Good Old Days"|
Image Copyright © Col. L. H. Boggs, All Rights Reserved
|CSA General A.G. Jenkins tintype
taken September 3, 1862. On the evening of September 1, 1862, General Albert G. Jenkins,
with his company of 500 confederates surrounded the town of Spencer, VA (now West
Virginia). The town had been occupied by Colonel J.C. Rathbone with four companies, B, E,
F, and D of the 11th West Virginia Union Infantry for nearly a week. The next morning,
September 2, 1862, Col. Rathbone surrendered the town to Gen. Jenkins, who took
possession "in the name of Jefferson Davis and the Southern Confederacy." On
September 3, Gen. Jenkins and his 500 Confederates left for Ohio on the Ravenswood-Spencer
pike. They stopped in the small town of Reedyville to water their horses. Gen. Jenkins
posed with sabre drawn for the Petty family to photograph him. This tintype was left to
Colonel L. H. Boggs by the late Hugh Petty, a lifelong resident of Reedyville. The Petty
home in the background of the photo still stands today. Note the horse is an appaloosa,
and under magnification, you can distinguish a plume in the General's hat. Another bit of
Confederate history is that Jenkins was apparently left-handed.
(Historical narrative courtesy of Col. L. H. Boggs)
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