1860s Georgia Photographer Motes w Camera & Family Civil War Confederate Soldier
1860s Georgia Photographer Motes w Camera & Family Civil War Confederate Soldier
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1860s Georgia Photographer Motes w Camera & Family Civil War Confederate Soldier

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Rare pair of original CDVs, plus a handwritten greeting card, all relating to the Civil War era photographer and Confederate soldier veteran C.W. Motes. See his bio at the bottom of this listing.

<> The first image is a trick / double exposure of the Athens photographer Columbus Washington Motes, showing himself watching his double working on his camera, its lens sitting on the floor.

<> Second image is of a woman with her back to the camera holding an infant. Not identified, but the pair were probably Motes' wife Emily and his daughter Mary.

<> Third piece is a handwritten greeting to Emma (his wife?) signed by Motes.

All items are in very good antique condition with dimensions of 4" x 2.5".

Shipping: Boxed & insured PRIORITY MAIL.

Lieut Motes was born on April 15, 1837, in Perry County, Alabama, and worked as a photographer prior to the war. He enlisted into the Troup (Georgia) Artillery on April 24, 1861. He was assigned as company recruitment officer and elected 1st lieutenant April 29, 1862. Motes was wounded in the left hip and shoulder at Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. He returned back to duty in late December. Lt. Motes was wounded at Gettysburg and did not return to duty until February 1864. He was captured at Selma, Alabama, on June 26, 1865, while enroute home, and paroled the same day. Motes moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1871. He was a partner in Smith & Motes & Motes & Moore Photographic Studios, winning many national awards for his work in the field.