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Daguerreotype of Colonel Henry Ashby

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3724

This collection consists of a daguerreotype of Henry Marshall Ashby and a sketch to his plot in Old Gray Cemetery. Ashby was a colonel in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. Ashby enlisted in the Confederate States on July 6, 1861 at Knoxville, Tennessee, organized a company cavalry, was elected captain, and was assigned to the 4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion which became part of the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Although he was sometimes referred to as an acting brigadier general, he ended the war as a colonel.

Dates

  • undated

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a daguerreotype of Henry Marshall Ashby and a sketch to his plot in Old Gray Cemetery. Ashby was a colonel in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. Ashby enlisted in the Confederate States on July 6, 1861 at Knoxville, Tennessee, organized a company cavalry, was elected captain, and was assigned to the 4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion which became part of the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Although he was sometimes referred to as an acting brigadier general, he ended the war as a colonel.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Marshall Ashby was born in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1836. He attended The College of William and Mary in 1853 and 1854; however, he did not graduate. He worked as a trader in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ashby was visiting an uncle in Knoxville, Tenn. when the Civil War broke out; he enlisted in the Confederate States on July 6, 1861 at Knoxville, organized a company cavalry and was elected captain, and was assigned to the 4th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion which became part of the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Although he was sometimes referred to as an acting brigadier general, he ended the war as a colonel.

On May 10, 1868, a quarrel broke out on the streets of Knoxville between E. C. Camp and Ashby. Camp accused Ashby of mistreating Union prisoners during the war and then shot Ashby to death on Main Street in Knoxville. Camp claimed the shooting was in self-defense, and he was never prosecuted. Ashby was buried in Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville.

Acquisition Note

Donated to Special Collections 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480