Excellent & Rare Cdv Image of the Balfour House in Vicksburg, Mississippi
Here is an Excellent & Rare Cdv Image of the Balfour House in Vicksburg, Mississippi ! Built in 1835, at the time of the Siege of Vicksburg, it was owned by Dr. William T. Balfour, whose wife, Emma, kept one of the best diaries extant, documenting the Siege. After the Siege, and Union Occupation, it was used as Headquarters for U.S. Major General James B. McPherson. The house is still standing today, at the corners of Crawford & Cherry Streets in Vicksburg.
The Cdv is crispy clear, well focused, and shows a telegraph pole, with wires leading to the house at one end. There is visible artillery shell damage just above one second story window, [ Mentioned by Emma in her diary ] and also on the wall in front of the house. The mount has a double blue line border, and the corners have been trimmed, likely to fit in an album. The reverse shows the photographer’s imprint of, “Washington Gallery, Odd Fellows’ Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.” Though this image is often seen, and is also in the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, it is RARE in Cdv Format. A Superb Cdv Image of One of the Historic Homes in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Taken During the War !
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Superb "Washington Gallery, Vicksburg, Mississippi" Cdv Image of U.S. Battery Sherman Guarding the Road to Jackson, Mississippi - Artillery Pieces, Shot & Shell, Ammunition Chests, Soldiers, Rifle Pits, Houses & Road in the Distance.
Here is an Excellent & Quite Uncommon Cdv View taken in Vicksburg, Mississippi ! The image depicts U.S. “Battery Sherman” guarding the road to Jackson. There are six visible artillery pieces, three heavy smooth bores in the foreground, with stacks of cannister, grape, shot and shell visible behind each, and in the distance three field pieces, [ though one is hidden behind the last smooth bore ] with open ammunition chests behind each one. There are two soldiers present, one standing guard behind the foremost smooth bore, and another up on the gun carriage, as if he was sighting the piece. In the middle/upper right just above the guns can be seen a line of rifle pits, and the road leading off across the bare ridges, as well as a house or two. Taken after the siege of Vicksburg was over, these positions are likely those used by the Union to defend the town. There is a double blue line border and the mount has been trimmed at the corners, but the image itself is clear and well focused. The reverse shows a period correct photographer’s imprint of, “Washington Gallery, Odd Fellows Hall, Vicksburg, Miss.” and an old brown ink ID at top of the mount reading, “Battery Shearman.” There is a copy of this image in the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs division. A Superb & RARE Image of Union Defenses at Vicksburg, and Taken by the local Vicksburg Photographer !
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Missouri State Guard & Confederate Major General Sterling Price Cdv
NEW ! Here is a Nice Cdv Image of Missouri State Guard & Confederate General Sterling Price ! Born in 1809, during the Mexican War, 1846-1847, Price served first as a Colonel and later a Brigadier General of volunteers. In the 1850s,he easily won election as Governor of Missouri. Appointed General of the Missouri State Guard, shortly after the Civil War began, Price commanded the guard at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Missouri, August 10th, 1861, and again as a Confederate Major-General at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, March 7th & 8th, 1862. Serving for the remainder of the war, Price was at the Battles of Corinth & Iuka, Mississippi, before returning to the Trans-Mississippi Department. Serving during most of the engagements in that theater, General Price also made one last Missouri Expedition in 1864. After the war, he went to Mexico with 500 other Confederate Officers and men, returning to Missouri more than a year later. Sterling Price died September 29th, 1867.
The mount has been heavily trimmed top and bottom, likely to fit in an album, and there is some roughness along the left edge. Price’s image in uniform though shows fairly well with only minor staining. The reverse shows the imprint of, “E & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York,” one of the most prolific producers of Civil War period Cdvs. There are also some period brown ink marks that are not legible. A fair Displaying Civil War period fine engraving Cdv of Confederate General Sterling Price, priced with the trimmed mount in mind !
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Nice ca. 1864 Original Cdv Image of Lieutenant General U.S. Grant - Blue Tax Stamp
Here is an Excellent Actual Cdv Photo of Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant ! The image is a tiny bit light but very well focused and shows Grant’s details quite well. He appears to be gazing to his lower left, almost as if in deep thought. His uniform shows the double row of staff buttons, and the shoulder straps of a Major General, though this image is believed to be early 1864, just after Grant was appointed Lieutenant General in command of all United States forces. The mount has fairly sharp corners, and the double gold line border often seen on period images. Someone has written, “Grant” in period pencil at the bottom. The reverse shows a period correct, Anthony photographers imprint, though mostly covered by a canceled blue tax stamp, and the words, “U.S. Grant” in period pencil at the top. A Fine Displaying Cdv Image of U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant !
Fine Pair of Large Oval Framed Civil War Period Albumens - Armed Soldier & Wife/Baby - Period Frames
Here is a Wonderful Pair of Civil War Period or Immediate Post War Period, Large Format Oval Framed Albumens, including a Union Soldier in State Jacket in one, & his wife & baby in the other ! The super old, wood back frames measure 14 inches tall by 12 inches across, but the albumens themselves are rectangular, 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide. The Soldier has a Colt revolver and a side knife tucked in his belt, but matted in an oval with the actual image area of each being only about 6.25 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide, you can just barely see the top of his knife handle. The frames are showing their age, with each having several areas of cracking, and some minor chips and wood loss, but each is still tight and shows fairly well. I got these recently in an auction lot, and after carefully disassembling each one, I can find no identification at all. However, I am certain that they are related as they were sold as a pair and the “only” markings anywhere, were the number “23” on the back of his albumen mount, and the number “24” on the back of hers. An Excellent Displaying Pair of Large Civil War Period Albumens, with one being a Double Armed Union Soldier !
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Fine 1863 Dated Cdv depicting the Emancipation Proclamation
Here is a Fine 1863, Cdv, depicting Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation.” It shows Lady Liberty in the center, flag behind her, and she is unrolling a scroll in her hand. She is flanked on either side by a young black man and woman, and in the left background is a cannon. At the bottom is the simple title, “EMANCIPATION”, and the publisher’s, John Sowle, of Boston, copyright information. It says, “Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863 . . . etc.” The reverse is blank. Image is nice, clear, and well focused, and mount appears to be lightly trimmed along the left edge. An Unusual and Fine Displaying Civil War Period Cdv !
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Nice Cdv of the Civil War Period Washington D.C. General Post Office
Here is a Nice Cdv View, of the Civil War Period General Post Office in Washington D.C. ! Construction of the building was completed in 1842, and it served as a Post Office thru the Civil War and up until 1897. Afterwards used by various federal departments, the building which occupies an entire city block, still stands today, though it has become a hotel.
The Cdv is typical Civil War Period, on a mount with double gold line borders, and trimmed at one end, likely to fit in an album. The image is clear and well focused with a minimum of staining, and depicts the building from a distance off one corner. Most of the building itself is visible, as are the trees and streets around it. There is a wagon stopped on the street to the right, with a man standing behind it, and a couple of other people visible, a lady walking towards the building, and a man facing the fence near the corner. The reverse shows no photographer’s imprint, but does have a pencil ID of “Post Office South Front,” with the word “Patent” scratched out. A Nice Civil War Period Image of the General Post Office in Washington D.C. !
Nice Armed Cdv of US General Nathaniel Banks
Here is a Very Good Cdv Image of Armed U.S. General Nathaniel Banks ! Banks is seated with a presentation sword cradled in his arm, wearing his dress belt and epaulets. The image is period ink ID’d at the bottom of the mount, “ Maj Gen Banks.” There is one small tear on the left side of the image about where Banks elbow is, and some minor staining. The reverse shows considerable staining at the top, and the uncommon photographer’s imprint, “ C.C. Giers, Successor to F.N. Hughes, Corner of Union and College Sts., Nashville, Tenn.”
Nathaniel Banks was a lifelong politician, US Senator, and former Governor of Massachusetts, having no military experience. During the war, Banks fought in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862, including the Battle of Cedar Mtn, participated in the Occupation of New Orleans, the Siege of Port Hudson, and the failed Red River Campaign. Post War Banks again served in Congress and dabbled in railroads before his death in 1894. A Nice Displaying Civil War Period Cdv Image of U.S. Major General Nathaniel Banks taken in Nashville, Tennessee !
Fine Cdv of General John Charles Fremont - "The Pathfinder" - From Brady Negative
Here is an Excellent Full Length Cdv Vignette View of U.S. Major General John Charles Fremont ! Fremont was famous before the war as the “Pathfinder” who led several exploratory expeditions to the American West. Early in the war, while in charge of the Department of The West, and advancing toward SW Missouri, he declared martial law, and emancipated all the slaves of Missouri secessionists. Extremely unhappy with Fremont’s declaration, President Lincoln did not at the time wish to link the war with freeing the slaves, and asked Fremont to rescind the order. He would not do so, and Lincoln removed him from command, revoking the order himself. Fremont was sent to West Virginia, where he suffered defeat by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in several engagements, during Jackson’s “Valley Campaign.” Resigning his command, shortly after reorganization, Fremont did not serve for the remainder of the war. Post war Fremont worked in railroads, and served as the territorial governor of Arizona.
General Fremont’s image shows him standing from the knees up, beside a column, in his Major General’s Uniform with his hands on the pommel of his fancy Field & Staff Sword. There is a dark area at the top of the column, and another small one at the bottom of his coat, but otherwise the image is reasonably clean. At bottom of the mount is printed, “Maj. Gen.l Fremont,” and it shows the typical period double gold line border, with nice corners. The reverse shows photographer’s imprint of, “Published by E. Anthony 501 Broadway New York – From Photographic Negative in Brady’s National Portrait Gallery.” A Fine Cdv Image of an Uncommon Western & Eastern General !
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Excellent Period Cdv Image of US General Ambrose Burnside
Here is a Fine Cdv Image of U.S. General Ambrose Burnside ! A West Point graduate, Burnside served a few years on the western frontier, before resigning to start his Burnside Rifle Company, manufacturing the new breech loading carbine he designed. Living in Rhode Island at the beginning of the Civil War, Burnside raised a regiment of infantry, the 1st Rhode Island Volunteers, and received appointment as the colonel. Rising in rank rapidly, after his victories at Roanoke Island and New Bern, North Carolina, Burnside was promoted to Major General. At the Battle of Antietam, he struggled for hours to get his 12,500 men over a small stone bridge which is known today as “Burnside’s Bridge.” At the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December of 1862, Burnside commanded the entire Army of The Potomac, suffering over 12,000 casualties. Relieved of command of the Army shortly thereafter, Burnside continued to serve, fighting at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor, & Petersburg, resigning from the army in 1865. After the war, Burnside had a considerable political career, and served briefly as the Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. His unusual side whiskers gave rise to the term, Side Burns.
Burnside’s Cdv is finely focused with good contrast, the General posed from the waist up in his Brigadier General’s coat. There are the usual small stains with several at the bottom left on his coat, but all are minor and do not detract from the image. The mount has been slightly trimmed at all four corners likely to fit in an album, and bears a gold line border. The reverse shows photographer’s imprint of; “Cartes De Visite D. Appleton & Co. 443 & 445 Broadway N.Y. A.A. Turner Photographer,” with a crest in the center. About as Fine and Well Focused a Cdv of General Ambrose Burnside as you will see !
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U.S. Lieutenant General Winfield Scott Cdv From a Brady Negative
Here is a Fine Cdv Image of U.S. Lieutenant General Winfield Scott ! I don’t think there are many Civil War enthusiasts who aren’t familiar with General Scott. First commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1808, Scott had a long career that spanned the War of 1812, The Blackhawk War, The Mexican-American War, The Seminole War, and briefly, the beginning of the Civil War. He developed the “Anaconda Plan” to shut the South off from the outside world.
Scott is seated, in his dress uniform with epaulets, holding a very fancy officer’s sword. The image is clear and focused though contrast is a bit light. Below the image on the mount is his title,”Lieut. Gen’l Scott” and Mathew Brady’s 1861, Copyright notice. The reverse shows a blue photographer’s credit of, “Published by E. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. From Photographic Negative From Brady’s National Portrait Gallery.” A Fine Cdv of the General who Commanded the Entire U.S. Army at the start of the Civil War !
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Nice Clear Cdv of US General Joseph Hooker From a Brady Negative
Here is a Nice Civil War Period Cdv of U.S. General Joseph Hooker ! A West Point graduate, Hooker served thru most of the war. He fought at Williamsburg, Virginia, where he got the nickname, “Fighting Joe”, and later commanded two corps at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is probably best known for his failure as the Commander who Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeated at Chancellorsville, though he also achieved some victories such as the Battle of Lookout Mountain.
The Cdv depicts General Hooker seated, from the waist up in his uniform, and shows good clarity and focus. A couple of minor stains are present but nothing serious. The mount shows the typical period double gold line borders, and corners that have been trimmed, likely to fit in an album. The reverse shows a photographers credit of, “E & H T Anthony New York – From Photographic Negative in Brady’s National Portrait Gallery,” along with the remnants of an orange tax stamp. Just a Nice Displaying Period Cdv of “Fighting Joe Hooker.”
Very Large Matted Period Albumen - U.S. Grant and People in His Life
Here is a Large Composite Albumen of U.S. General Grant, and likely important people in his life ! At center is a young Ulysses S. Grant, larger than all the other people in the image. He is surrounded by at least a hundred other images of people, bust shots, and I think probably all associated with him in some way. There is a horizontal line just below Grant’s centered image, that appears as if the image may have been creased at one time, and some loss to the image on the right side of that crease, about 1.75 inches by .25 of an inch. The albumen image is quite large, measuring inside the oval, about 10.5 inches tall by 8.25 inches across. It is on a mount that you can see on the reverse is about 12 inches tall by 10 inches across. It has been matted and was likely at one time in a frame, though that is long gone. I can see a few recognizable people in the image, including Mrs. Grant, just above and to the right of Young Grant’s head. At the top are several Generals, including an older Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, and President Lincoln. Further down in the image are several other U.S. Officers but the only one I recognize is General Schofield. I think this may be a very uncommon image, likely made near the end or just after the war, when Grant’s popularity was high. I cannot find another example of this image anywhere on the internet, nor in the extensive collection of Grant Images in the Library of Congress. A Unique and possibly Rare Period Composite Image of U.S. Grant and people important to him !
Fine Cdv of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston - Killed at Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6th, 1862
Here is a Very Fine Cdv of Confederate Major General Albert Sydney Johnston ! Johnston fought for the Republic of Texas in the late 1830s, for the United States during the Mexican War, and finally for the Confederate States until April 6th, 1862, when he was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee.I believe his history is quite well known, so I won’t go into detail. The Cdv is a period retouched photo and in excellent condition. The mount has good corners and a double gold line border, with an “E. Anthony 501 Broadway, N.Y.” imprint at the bottom, and an 1862 date. The image is clear with good contrast and little to no staining. The reverse shows only where someone noted Johnston’s name in pencil. A Great Displaying Cdv image of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston !