Bearing crescent-shaped insignia on his shoulders that indicate his rank as a Mississippi militia colonel, Carnot Posey sits for a hand-colored tintype in Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862. Posey would rise to the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate army. A native Mississippian, he attended law school at the University of Virginia and died in Charlottesville after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863. Initially his wound seemed slight, but infection soon set in. The 1871 book entitled The University Memorial: Biographical Sketches of Alumni of the University of Virginia Who Fell in the Confederate War narrated what happened to Posey after the battle:
He was removed from the battle-field to Culpeper Court House, and thence, at his own request, to the residence of his friend, Dr. Davis, at the University of Virginia. His wound, which was from a very small shot, was not at first thought to be serious; but it was not long before alarming symptoms appeared. He received all the aid that medical skill and friendship could offer, but it presently became evident that he could not recover. Amid the classic scenes of his boyhood, in the very room he occupied when a student in 1836, and surrounded by generous, hospitable friends, he died calmly on the 13th of November, 1863. His body rests in the University burying-ground; the spot which is sacred to many besides his bereaved wife and children, being marked by a handsome shaft upon which is this inscription:—
GENERAL CARNOT POSEY Born August 5th, 1818, Died November 13th, 1863.