is what appears to be a fine daguerrotype photo of Lieutenant William O. Fontaine, of Company I, Twentieth Texas Infantry, taken sometime between 1862-1865. He is pictured in his full Civil War uniform, very proudly carrying a sword.
No further information about this man is given on the website.
On the date of my writing this message, a photo of this portrait is still available online, but it may be taken offline soon. In the event it is taken offline, I have downloaded it and will be happy to send a copy freely by email to Fontaine family descendants & researchers. Someone in the family ought to have it, which is why I’m keeping a copy of it and posting about it. It would be a very great shame and injustice were it to be unknown & missed by the Fontaine family.
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If it were a portrait of a 19th century Pease Civil War soldier in my line, I’d certainly hope someone would do the same for me. Call it a simple, but appropriate, genealogical good deed.