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Frances Clalin Clayton

Samuel Masury (American, 1818–1874)

Date:
1864–66
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 9.4 x 5.6 cm (3 11/16 x 2 3/16 in.) Mount: 10.2 x 6.4 cm (4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Buck Zaidel Collection
  • Description

    Frances Clayton is an exception—a woman who served in the Union army by disguising herself as a man. In a popular carte de visite collected by soldiers at the end of the war, she poses here as Jack Williams and suggestively holds the handle of a cavalry sword between her crossed legs. The facts of her life story and military service are difficult to confirm, but it is believed that she served in the Missouri cavalry (or infantry) beside her husband, who died at the Battle of Stones River in late December 1862.

  • Provenance

    Buck Zaidel

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