|Description||Quarter-plate tintype; African-American man seated on stool, facing camera, looking at camera, hair cut short, beard along jawline and chin whiskers, no moustache, turned-down shirt collar, patterned bowtie, white starched shirt front with buttons, buttoned vest edged in bias tape with collar, dark sack coat and trousers, left hand in lap, right hand holding fife or flute in front of chest, right elbow resting on a pedestal, plant in pot on pedestal, photographer's plain backdrop visible; paper mount stored with tintype, yellowed from high acidity, has mold and tack holes top and bottom.|
Photograph of Tony Wetters (also known as Tony Welters, Anthony Welters, and Tony Fontane), posing with a fife. He served in The "St. Augustine Blues" (eventually reorganized as 3rd Florida Infantry, Co. B, on August 5, 1861.)
A former comrade-in-arms wrote later that Tony Wetters 'marched with the 'Boys in Gray' until the close of the war, always cheerful and true to duty.' Records show that Wetters had enlisted as a fifer but was mustered out before the unit entered Confederate service (only a small percentage of African Americans who served with Confederate forces were formally enlisted). At the time that his photograph came into the Museum's collection in 1893, Wetters was an active member of the E. Kirby Smith Camp, United Confederate Veterans.
"This pictures represents an old Confederate soldier who enlisted early in the war as a fifer in Co. B, 3rd Florida Regiment. He marched with the boys in gray until the close of the war, always cheerful and true to duty. After the war was over he came home to St. Augustine where he has always taken an active part in politics being a staunch Democrat, and today is an active member of E. Kirby Smith Camp, UCV. When you visit St. Aug., call on Uncle Tony Welters he will be glad to see you and can tell you many laughable incidents of the late war. Aged 83 years. (The writer of this belong to same Co. and knew these to be facts. W. C. Middleton)" (donor letter)
St. Augustine, Florida
Free African Americans
Free people of color