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CDV of a lost daguerreotype depicting Colonel Water W. De Lacey, while a member of the Texas Rangers in 1847/48. De Lacey joined the rangers (led by Colonel Jack Hays) to assist in finding a route from San Antonio, TX to Chihuahua, Mexico. On their journey they ventured into lands "yet unknown to white men" and almost died from starvation before finding the Old Comanche trail, which led them to a native settlement where they were given food and provisions. Considering themselves lucky to be alive, the rangers decided to head back to San Antonio. De Lacey had other ideas though, and opted to stay in the region where he began trading in cattle and merchandise. A memorial written after his death notes at this time that an Apache Chief introduced him to a "Indian training school" in the state of Durango, "where the boys were taught to imitate the howl of a wolf, the hoot of an owl, the cries of other animals and birds, and other features of Indian warfare." One of the earliest known photos of a Texas Ranger. Ink inscription on front (perhaps in De Lacey`s hand). New Orleans, LA imprint on verso. The reader is encouraged to read more about De Lacey`s exploits, including his military experience, at https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Walter_W._de_Lacy(Civil War) (Confederate)
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Historic Lost CDV Photo of Texas Ranger

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000
$1252 bids
Starting Price $100
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