Fantastic group of two photographs of J. William Towson. Towson was in the Virginia Black Horse Cavalry in the war and then moved to Missouri. He became the Department Commander and the Missouri representative to the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion Committee! In the first photograph, Towson is wearing his Department Commanders uniform. On the uniform is a 1913 Virginia Cavalry at Gettysburg badge and a Southern Cross on his left side. On his right side, he is wearing a 1913 Missouri at Gettysburg badge. The photograph has a photographers mark of Shelbina, Missouri. Towson was born near Williamsport, in Washington County, Maryland and fought with J.E.B. Stuart in the Black Horse Cavalry. He was captured at Winchester in 1863 but exchanged in time to participate in the battle of Gettysburg. He fought in the battles of Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania C.H., Coal Harbor, Trevillians Station, Yellow Tavern, and many other engagements until the end of the war. He surrendered at Appomattox.
The second photograph has a Jefferson City, Missouri photographer mark. It shows Towson as a business man. He has a stick pin on his lapel but I can not determine if this is professional or UCV. The first photograph is the one used in the Pennsylvania report on the Gettysburg reunion book. I have amassed additional information on Towson and it will come with the photographs.
Item #: 15060