(June 14, 2000)
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"Not Necessarily The Good Old Days"
Officer and Appaloosa
(Thanks to Janet Sager for locating this special historical item and a special thank you to the owner, Colonel L. H. Boggs, for allowing the image of his tintype to be used here)
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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