This is a rare image of one of the brave Confederates lost at the Battle of Gettysburg. This is an image of General William Barksdale. Barksdale became Colonel of the 13th Mississippi and was promoted to brigadier general in August 1862. At Gettysburg, Barksdale led a Mississippi brigade in McLaw's Division of Longstreet's Corps and was mortally wounded during the assault on Little Round Top on July 2. He died in Union captivity the next day. This is the style of image that is known as a "Salt Print". William Henry Fox Talbot (1800'77) developed a process that produced a paper negative, from which photographic images on paper were printed. Popular until roughly 1860, early paper prints were made on high-quality writing paper, which gave the prints a matte surface with a visible paper texture. During this time, photographers who created paper photographs using negative-positive techniques competed with daguerreotype photographers for attention. Although daguerreotypes were more detailed, they had to be made one at a time and were each unique. The process introduced by Talbot offered the opportunity to produce multiple prints from a single negative. The image portion itself measures 3 inches by 4-1/4th inches in overall size. It has been placed under a green and gold mat. The mat measures 8 inches by 10 inches in overall size. This one would have been made circa 1857-1859. This is one of only a few known views of William Barksdale. This is the first image of Barksdale that we have been able to offer in our 25+ years in the business. Don't miss your opportunity to own an image of one of the Confederate heroes of Gettysburg.