Fine Original Mathew Brady Album Gallery View No. 412 Cdv - "Front Line of Confederate Works, Showing General McClellan's Battery No. 1"
Here is a Fine Civil War Period Cdv Image by Mathew Brady, showing Union Fortifications, a Battery, and soldiers posing ! It is one of Brady’s Gallery Views, No. 412, identified on the reverse as “Front Line of Confederate Works, Showing General McClellan’s Battery No. 1.” The image would have been taken during the Peninsula Campaign, in 1862, possibly at Yorktown. The one gun visible is definitely of a large caliber. The image is crisp and clear, well focused, with no stains. The mount has fairly sharp corners, with only one or two very minor stains. The reverse shows Brady’s affixed paper label marked as follows; “Brady’s Album Gallery No. 412 – Front Line of Confederate Works, Showing General McClellan’s Battery No. 1. - Photographs of this series were taken directly from nature at considerable cost. Warning is therefore give that legal proceedings will be at once instituted against any party infringing the copyright.” Stamped over the top of the label is a blue seller’s mark of “Photo from Brown Brothers 220 West 42nd St. New York City.”A Brady Gallery View not often seen, thoughThe Lincoln Financial Foundation has a copy of this image in their collection. A Fine Original Civil War Period Mathew Brady Gallery View Cdv !
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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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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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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. !
Fine From Life Cdv of Confederate General Robert E. Lee by The Monumental Bookstore in Baltimore, Maryland
Here is a Nice Actual Period Photo Cdv of Confederate General Robert E. Lee ! This is one of three views of General Lee believed to have been taken “In The Field” sometime between September, 1862, and May, 1863. Once thought to have been taken by the Bendann Brothers of Baltimore, more recently the images have been attributed to photographers Minnis & Cowell of Richmond, Virginia. This Cdv has one small black spot on the image but not on the general, as well as staining on the mount. The mount has also been trimmed at top. General Lee’s image itself is focused with good clarity though the contrast is a little light. There is almost a light in his eyes and you can see the top edge of his coat is turned back under his buttons. Bottom of the mount has “ GEN’L R.E. LEE” printed on it. The reverse shows a stamped attribution of, “ Wm. F. Richstein The Monumental Book Store, 178 W. Balto St., Baltimore,” in an oval with a monument in the center. This mark is seen on quite a few Confederate Cdvs including Albert Sidney Johnston, John Singleton Mosby, and others. As I mentioned in the description of the other R.E. Lee Cdv I have for sale, I once sold a “minty” example of this exact image and backmark for $700. However, this example is far from minty, and is priced much nicer. If you want a real image of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and not an engraving, without spending a thousand bucks, this one may be for you !
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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 !
Very Fine Confederate General Earl Van Dorn Cdv
Here is a Sharp Cdv Image of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn ! It is a fine engraving and probably the most commonly seen period image of Van Dorn. It has good contrast, with a soft focus, and only one dark vertical stain along the right lower edge that does not affect the subject. The mount shows nice sharp corners and a double red line border. There is no photographer’s imprint on the reverse though someone has written at the top in light pencil, “E. Van Dorn, C.S.A.”
A graduate of West Point, and career soldier, Van Dorn earned two brevet promotions during the Mexican War, and fought the Seminoles in Florida, before being regularly promoted to Major in 1860. He resigned his commission in 1861, to join the Confederate Army. After a series of appointments and commands, where he rose rapidly in rank to Major-General, in January, 1862, Jefferson Davis sent Van Dorn to Command the Trans-Mississippi Department. He Commanded the Confederate Army that fought at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, March 7th & 8th, 1862, subsequently retreating, and being moved east of the Mississippi River. Van Dorn suffered another defeat at the 2nd Battle of Corinth, Mississippi, October 1st-5th, and then victories at Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 20th, 1862, and Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, March 5th, 1863. General Van Dorn was shot dead by a jealous husband on May 7th, 1863, near Spring Hill, Tennessee, after allegedly having an affair with the man’s wife. A Nice Civil War Period Cdv Image of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn !
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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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Nice Cdv of Commander of Fremont's Bodyguard Major Charles Zagonyi
Here is a Hard to Find Cdv Image of US Major Charles Zagonyi ! Born in Hungary, Zagonyi served in the Hungarian Army prior to immigrating to the United States in 1851. At the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861, Zagonyi offered his services to Major General John Fremont in St. Louis. With the rank of major he commanded Fremont’s personal bodyguard of Hussars. At the first Battle of Springfield, Missouri, on October 25th, 1861, Major Zagonyi lead a charge by his Hussars and some other troops, all totaling about 300 men, against over a thousand Confederates near the town. Suffering close to one third casualties, Zagonyi and his men routed the Confederates but could not hold the town. “Zagonyi’s Charge” impressed General Fremont and was widely covered in period newspapers. When Fremont resigned just a short time later, Zagonyi also left the army. Re-joining Fremont to fight in the Valley Campaign of Virginia in 1862, including Cross Keys & Harrisonburg, Zagonyi disappeared from army life after that.
Major Zagonyi’s Cdv is in very good condition, his image crisp and clear. The studio view is full standing with the major staring at the camera, hat in hand, and sword on his side. There is some very minor staining but nothing that detracts from the image. The corners of the mount have been rounded, likely to fit in an album. Bottom of the mount shows a name in pencil, possibly someone Major Zagonyi intended to give the image to, but I cannot completely make it out. What’s there looks like, “Col. Aheley”. The reverse shows photographer’s imprint of, “Published by E. & H.T. Anthony No. 501 Broadway, New York, From Photographic Negative in Brady’s National Portrait Gallery.”A Fine Example of an Uncommon Union Officer’s Cdv with a Missouri Connection!
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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.”
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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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Fine Just Post War Carte De Visite Image of Confederate Flag
Here is a Fine Cdv Image of the Confederate Flag, “In Memoriam !” Originally produced right after the war, according to the copyright on this one, the owner purchased all rights in 1871, and didn’t intend for anyone else to sell the image in any form. The image depicts the 2nd Confederate National Flag, also known as the “stainless banner”, floating in the heavens. I have had several versions of this image, one or two with 1866 canceled tax stamps, but this is the first of this slighter later image I have owned. The mount has been trimmed on the sides and bottom, but most of the copyright at bottom shows, reading, “Confederate Flag of C.S.A. Entered According to act of congress A. D. 1871 by Geo. W.” The back of the mount has a “Notice” with information indicating the penalties for reproducing the image, and the owner’s full name of George W. Thorne, along with his address of “60 & 62 Nassau Street, New York.” A Very Nice Displaying Color Cdv Image of the Confederate Flag that is getting harder and harder to find these days !