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Object Name Portrait
Title Robert M. Martin Portrait
Catalog Number 1953.1 [dup1]
Creator Unknown
Date 1865-1901
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-30.125 W-25.125 D-0.813 inches
Description This is an oval bust portrait of Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. Martin by unknown artist. The portrait depicts a younger man with deep blue eyes, light brown wavy hair and a Van Dyke beard. He is wearing a white collared shirt buttoned with a small golden button and a blue military jacket on top. This jacket has three rows of rounded golden buttons running down the front. There are three golden star buttons on the jacket's collar indicating military rank. The subject is sitting in front of a brown wash background.
Notes Lt. Colonel Robert M. Martin, 10th Cavalry C.S.A, born in Greenville 1940, Col. Martin would be recorded as an active and bold confederate officer under Colonel N. B. Forrest, Adam B. Johnson and eventually General Morgan. He was known and for his raids and exploits as well as an attempted fire raid on New York City in 1864. After the war, and his release from prison, the unreconstructed Martin worked in the tobacco warehouse industry, in both Evansville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, eventually moving to New York where he died in 1901. He is also remembered by the mysterious circumstances of his death and the death of his daughter Oceania "Ocey" Martin Snead.
Media Links Martin Biography

Newspaper New York Burning
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Event American Civil War
People Unknown
Subjects Art
Civil wars
Military leadership
Military life
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Civil War
Greenup County (Ky.)
New York
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS