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CDV of 19th Indiana Soldier Killed in Action at Gettysburg
Item #: JMS-548

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Full standing pose of Pvt. William Hoover of Company C, 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. This regiment was part of the famed Iron Brigade, a unit best known for its valor at Gettysburg. This particular member of the Iron Brigade gave his last full measure of devotion to our country. He was killed in action on that terrible first day. According to the Civil War Database, Private Hoover is buried at gravesite A4, Indiana plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

The condition of the carte is very good with the usual toning. There are no trims or problem creases.

A word about the ID of this image: I acquired this from my brother in law, Cal Packard, a noted collector of and authority on Gettysburg-related images. Cal purchased this, as the original letter attests, from our friend and fellow dealer David Parks. If you know Mr. Parks, you know him to be an honorable seller. In his note to Cal, he indicated that this is a published image. We cannot, however, recall which book featured the photo.

This is why the price of this item is not $1500.00 or more. That's what it would bring if it had a period ink ID.

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Your Price... $995.00 USD

Wonderful 1910 Post Card Featuring Musicians from North and South (Great Iron Brigade Item!)
Item #: JMS-547

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This is truly one of the most unique items in my Iron Brigade collection. I have never seen this post card before...not in almost 40 years of collecting. It's in average to slightly above average condition but there are creases and some stains. These don't impede or obscure the subject matter.

As you can read in the printed description on the actual card, these men -- including some from the renowned Iron Brigade -- gave concerts together, uniting former enemies. (What a wonderful thought, really -- joining forces to create something beautiful!)

This is a well-loved item that I hope goes to a collector with a passion for the Iron Brigade, for music or for the coming together of old foes as friends.

Apparently, these guys were pretty good too! Or so says the sender of the post-card.

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Your Price... $245.00 USD

Excellent CDV of Confederate Raider John Hunt Morgan
Item #: JMS-519

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This beautiful CDV image is a chest-up view of Morgan in very good condition. There are no trims, clips, creases or tears. There is the most minor distress to a couple of corners. On a letter grade scale I would give this CDV a strong B or even a B+. There is no maker mark and the pencil ID, though not recent, is not period. This does not detract in the least. In fact, it could even be gently erased without the slightest bit of effect on the carte.

General John Hunt Morgan fought for the United States in the bloody battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican-American War. But he is best known for his courage and strategy leading Confederate cavalry during the War Between the States. Morgan participated in the battle of Shiloh as commander of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry (CSA). His performance at the little-known but vitally important battle of Hartsville, Tennessee won him the thanks of the Confederate Congress and the esteem of horse soldiers everywhere. He then took his regiment on a raid through Kentucky and eventually (and against orders) into Indiana and Ohio. Morgan's raid struck terror in the hearts of Unionists in the most southern regions of these states. His men took hundreds of prisoners and skirmished with state militia at a number of places. Most of his men were captured, and a few killed, at the small battle of Buffington Island, Ohio. Morgan and about 150 of his regiment escaped, only to be corralled at Salineville, Ohio a short time later. This was the farthest north any Confederate forces ever reached. (Excepting, of course, the bank robbery in Northern Vermont that was more a heist than military operation.)

But Morgan's story doesn't end as a POW in the Ohio Penitentiary. Toward the end of November of '63, he and several other Confederate officers tunneled out of their jail cells and escaped back into Kentucky. The general would lead several more raids through the Bluegrass state, but most were ineffective and amounted to little more than looting. The new troops under his command were not of the quality and military discipline displayed by his first regiment. During a raid on Greeneville, Tennessee in 1864, Morgan was shot and killed while in action against a much superior Union force.

John Hunt Morgan, the brother-in-law of Confederate General A.P. Hill, was laid to rest in Lexington, Kentucky.

This image, not nearly as expensive as full-standing or armed photo, would frame magnificently with a Morgan autograph, some Kentucky Civil War memorabilia or Confederate Cavalry buttons!

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Nice Sixth Plate Tintype of a Relaxed Yankee
Item #: JMS-514

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I like this photo a lot. It's nothing fancy or rare, but it's not priced that way either. Here's a federal soldier looking like a cool customer just sitting back in his chair. Good detail on the uniform!

There's some flaking of the emulsion and it has cracked in the upper right of the image. But this does not affect the subject. Image is housed in a standard leatherette case which is intact and not separated.

A really decent sixth plate for not a lot of money...

Shipping Weight: 0.07 lb
Your Price... $149.00 USD

Beautiful and Extremely Colorful 1860 Ladies' Print with Civil War "Picture-in-a-Picture"!
Item #: JMS-512

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I was thrilled when I found this recently while picking. This is an original cover from a ladies' fashion magazine published in 1860. I don't recall the name of the publication but I am certain it is from 1860 for two reasons:

  1. I've seen this print once or twice before with paperwork associating it with that date. Neither, by the way, was as nice as this example.
  2. If you look very carefully at the picture, the ladies are gathered in a sitting room or salon with a "painting" on the wall. It's actually part of the print, of course. But there in the parlor, in the top center of the image, is the visage of General Winfield Scott. He was known as "Old Fuss & Feathers" and had command of federal forces in 1860. A hero of the Mexican War, Scott was initially thought to be the man to protect the Union from any kind of rebellion that might crop up down South. Of course, you know the story. The elderly general was too ill and too obese to serve in any sort of command capacity. But he remained a patriotic and beloved figure into 1861. After that, his image was usually replaced with those of other, more recent Union heroes.

The picture, frame and all, is 12.25" by about 10". The frame is not Civil War era. It looks to be from the middle of the last century. The Courvoisier Galleries sticker on the back is from a famous San Francisco gallery where people could purchase artwork or pay to have their favorite images framed. The sticker and the backing paper have some age, as does the wire hanger. The Courvoisier gallery was established in 1937, so I wouldn't be surprised if this piece was framed there in the late 30's or sometime in the 40's.

This would make a wonderful addition to any ladies' bedroom or even for a gentleman's Civil War den or office. (Having General Scott's image as part of the print makes it "okay" for you guys to own a ladies' fashion magazine cover! lol)

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Very Uncommon Pose of General David M. Gregg; Gettysburg Cavalry Hero!
Item #: JMS-455

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I will add more bio tomorrow when I have time. (It's been a crazy day!) For now, suffice to say...

This is a from-life image by Anthony and from the Matthew Brady negative. It is in almost flawless condition. There is the slightest bit of age toning but it's extremely minimal.

The coolest things about this image are that it's a very rarely-encountered pose of Gregg...and note the unusual shoulder insignia!

This would be a spectacular addition to any Gettysburg or general Civil War collection!

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Your Price... $395.00 USD

Beautiful Anthony/Brady CDV of an Armed General George Stoneman
Item #: JMS-454

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This CDV would be considered perfect but for the fact that there is a trim at the bottom. This sort of thing was often done back then to allow the image to fit in a particular scrapbook or frame. Other than this trim, this "from-life" image is a real screamer. This well-known and hard-fought cavalry general is even armed with his saber. Is it a M. 1840 or 1860? I can't tell but I sure wish I owned it! wink

Anyway, the best part of this clean, vivid image is that it's an Anthony product from the Brady negative and has the according backmark. The general's name is on the back in period pencil.

General George Stoneman entered the US Military Academy in the 1840's. Guess who his roommate was? Yep! None other than Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson! I'd love to have been a fly on the wall to hear their conversations.

Prior to the Civil War, Stoneman was assigned to the 1st US Dragoons and participated in a great march from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to San Diego, California. The young lieutenant fought in the Yuma War, helped the railroads do surveying in the far west and was eventually promoted to Captain of the 2nd US Cavalry. From 1855 until the outbreak of hostilities, Stoneman was garrisoned in Texas. When Texas seceded, Stoneman refused orders from General David Twiggs to surrender the facility to Confederate forces. Instead, he and most of his command escaped to the North.

Stoneman served in the 1st US Cavalry under McClellan and led his men into battle on the Peninsula and in the Seven Days' Battles. In both instances, the Yankee Cavalry was courageous but incapable of out-dueling their Southern cousins under General J.E.B. Stuart. General Stoneman took command of the III Corps at Fredericksburg, but never lost his zeal for mounted service. General Hooker, after taking command of the Army of the Potomac, recognized the central importance of cavalry as well as the ability of Stoneman. He put the General in charge of a Cavalry Corp not beholden to the whims of Infantry generals.

This move allowed Stoneman to fight the war as a Cavalry commander ought. He led his men on long raids behind Confederate lines that provided the Union with vital intelligence. They also destroyed supplies and war-related infrastructure. During the Chancellorsville engagement, Stoneman's most famous raid offered the Union a clear shot at a major victory. Indeed, it was Stoneman who temporarily distracted General Lee from the main battle. Unfortunately, Stoneman's men were hampered by a swollen Rapidan River and the effectiveness of their operation was reduced significantly. Using Stoneman as a fall-guy for his own mistakes, General Hooker dismissed him from command.

In 1864, after a period of garrison duty in Washington, Stoneman was granted command of the Army of the Ohio's Cavalry Corps. They were extremely effective during the Atlanta campaign, although Stoneman and an aide, while reconnoitering near Macon, were captured. The general became the highest-ranking Union officer taken prisoner during the war. Because of his value to General Sherman, Stoneman was quickly exchanged and returned to duty. He led significant raids into North Carolina and Virginia, using East Tennessee as a base.

Though a staunch Union man, Stoneman never approved of brutal treatment some units meted out to Southern soldiers and citizens. While he opposed slavery, he was also critical of the radical approach to Reconstruction, favoring a more evolutionary application of federal policy. Later, Stoneman was serve in the Indian Wars in Arizona and would eventually settle in California. There, he became governor in 1882 and served one term. He and his wife returned to New York, where he died after suffering a stroke.

Don't miss your chance to own this outstanding CDV. Please compare it and our price with those of others. Most of the Stoneman images I see for sale are unarmed photos priced above what I am asking.


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The Finest From-Life Brady Photo of KIA General Alexander Hays
Item #: JMS-449

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I'll post a full history tomorrow. For now, note that he led a bayonet charge covering the retreat at the end of the Seven Days battles...his leg was shattered by a musket ball while leading a charge at Second Manassas...he had two horses shot out from under him at Gettysburg, where he repulsed the Confederate attack on Cemetery Ridge...and he finally was killed in action after being struck in the head by a minie ball at the Battle of the Wilderness. It is said that General Grant wept openly at Hays' grave while visiting it after the war.

This is an incredibly desirable pose of Hays and I'll warrant that it is the finest example available anywhere. It's not cheap, but you will never need to upgrade. Especially since this one is a super-crisp Brady.

CDV is clean, unstained, untrimmed and not clipped. Basically, it's perfection.

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Stirring 19th Century Engraving Depicting Battle Action at Antietam
Item #: JMS-447

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This is a nice-condition, original engraving. It was removed by someone from a 19th century Civil War book. There is some fraying around the edges but there is plenty of room to reduce and/or frame thereby enhancing the art.

Ideal gift for the collector who specializes in Antietam-related items. It would look great on your wall!.
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Handsome, Frameable Engraving of the Battle of New Bern, NC
Item #: JMS-446

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This is a nice-condition, original engraving. It was removed by someone from a 19th century Civil War book. There is some fraying around the edges but there is plenty of room to reduce and/or frame thereby enhancing the art.

Ideal gift for anyone with an interest in the Civil War, generally, or the battle of New Bern, specifically..
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Lovely Engraving of Confederate Assault on Galveston, Texas
Item #: JMS-445

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This is a nice-condition, original engraving. It was removed by someone from a 19th century Civil War book. There is some fraying around the edges but there is plenty of room to reduce and/or frame thereby enhancing the art.

Ideal gift for a Confederate naval collector or any fan of Texas-related items.

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Full-Standing, Armed, From-Life Image of Union General Dan Sickles
Item #: JMS-438

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General Dan Sickles may be best known for losing his leg in Gettysburg's bloody Peach Orchard. While commanding the Third Corps, Sickles advanced into the Peach Orchard but found Confederate General Longstreet and his men more than ready for the challenge. Shortly after Sickles' leg was amputated, he insisted that it be donated to the U.S. Army Medical Museum, which had requested amputation specimens for study. The leg was preserved and displayed. And Sickles, who lived to be almost 100, was known to periodically pay his leg a visit!

The General is also famous for being the first American to be exonerated of murder charges using the temporary insanity defense. In 1859, Sickles discovered that Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key) was having an affair with his wife. (She was 15 when the 33 year old Sickles wed her!) During his trial, he was defended by none other than Edwin Stanton, who would go on to become Lincoln's Secretary of War. The future general had the support of most major newspapers and much public sympathy, while his young wife was portrayed as an immoral slut. (This, despite the fact that Sickles often kept company with Fanny White - a prominent Washington prostitute.)

Sickles was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at Gettysburg. After the war, he served in many roles including U.S. Minister to Spain. The general remained quite the ladies' man in his post war life. He was even rumored to have bedded the former Queen Isabella the Second. Despite his improprieties, Sickles may have made his greatest contribution to our country in tirelessly advocating for the preservation of the Gettysburg battlefield.

He died in 1914, at the ripe old age of 94. A life of drink, dueling, heavy cigar smoking and chasing women must have agreed with him.

Now -- about the actual CDV: This image is taken from life and is in perfect condition. There are no trims, creases, stains or clips. There are many views of Sickles available but very few show him standing and armed. This is one of the scarcest. There is no backmark and the pencil notations on the verso appear to be of the period. They can certainly be erased if the buyer wishes.

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Outstanding "From Life" View of General George B. McClellan - (Brady!)
Item #: JMS-424

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Pretty clean, attractive, almost full seated view of an armed General McClellan. The carte has no trims, creases, tears, clips or stains. There is some very minor age toning but it's almost not worth mentioning.

Best of all, this is a from-life Brady photograph! Every collection should have an image of this important General and future Presidential candidate.I won't go into all the history of "Little Mac". Most of you know it already and those who don't can use the Google machine.

I'm sorely tempted to keep this one as I have toyed with the idea of owning one nice image of every commander of the Army of the Potomac throughout the war. But right now, new inventory listings are what it's all about.

This is one you can be proud of.

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Crisp CDV of Armed & Very Determined Yank
Item #: JMS-281

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This unidentified image is likely of a Federal artilleryman. It looks as if he is sporting the metallic shoulder scales some of those fellows wore. He has a very determined look on his face. You can clearly see his musket (looks to be a M. 1861), cap box, circular cross belt plate and oval belt plate. I can't tell if there is a "US" in the oval but that is most likely. He is probably a Pennsylvanian or perhaps a New Jersey boy since the image was taken in Philadelphia.

There is minor age toning on the verso and a very legible backmark. The corners are clipped, probably to accommodate insertion in an album long, long ago.

This CDV would make a wonderful addition to your collection, particularly if you just want one representative image of an armed soldier.
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Confederate Naval Commander - AMAZING CAREER!
Item #: JMS-110

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I owe a great debt to Jeffrey Kraus of www.antiquephotographics.com for identifying the officer in the image. Jeffrey, you are a gentleman, a scholar and all around great guy. Hope some of my clients will visit and bookmark your web site to see some KILLER images.
 
So...who is it? This is Confederate Naval Commander George N. Hollins, who had an incredible military career prior to the Late Unpleasantness. Born just before 1800, he enlisted in the Navy as a midshipman at the tender age of 15. He fought under Stephen Decatur in the War of 1812. He was captured and held by the British in Bermuda until peacetime. He returned to Decatur's command and helped the famed Captain capture an Algerian frigate during the Second Barbary War. At least one record says that Decatur presented the teenager with a captured Algerian sword after the battle.
 
Hollins remained in the U.S. Navy and was eventually promoted to Captain in 1855. Hollins almost brought the U.S. and Britain to the brink of war in that year after ordering the bombardment of a town under British jurisdiction along Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast. American residents nearby had complained about harrassment by the British. War was averted and Hollins continued his distinguished career until 1861. He parted ways with Uncle Sam when war broke out.
 
He was appointed the rank of Commander in the Confederate Navy. In June of '61, Commander Hollins captured the US Steamer St. Nicholas on the Potomac River. This was cleverly done as Hollins ordered his men to wear civilian clothing and pose as passengers, getting on the sidewheel vessel at various stops. They took control of the ship and proceeded to capture three other Union vessels in Chesapeake Bay! Two weeks later, he was placed in charged of the James River defenses and shortly thereafter, was made commander of the CS Naval station in New Orleans. It was there that Hollins beat back a federal blockading squadron (Oct. '61) Promoted to flag rank, Hollins led a fleet up the Mississippi to defend Columbus, Kentucky. The fleet was engaged at Island No. 10, Plum Point Bend and Fort Pillow during the action around Columbus. His squadron was then defeated in the naval engagements around Memphis in June of 1862.
 
Our hero returned to New Orleans when an overwhelming Union force landed and laid siege. Hollins, it seems, cannot be blamed for the fall of New Orleans as he was recalled to serve on a panel investigating the destruction of the CSS Virginia. He served on various commissions for the South for the balance of the war.
 
The condition of the CDV is good and bad. Good, in that there are no trims, clips, creases or tears. Bad, in that it's got some discoloration on both front and back. The backmark is an early Anthony mark, usually pretty desirable.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CDV of Gettysburg Commander George G. Meade
Item #: JMS-84

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Very nice engraving-style CDV of Gettysburg commander George Gordon Meade. The image is in excellent condition with just the tiniest stain on the left of the carte, not affecting the image at all. If this carte has been trimmed, it is almost imperceptible. Blank back, aside from a period pencil ID. This is not a "from-life" image. But bear in mind that a from-life photo of General Meade...who is very, very common...will usually run about a hundred bucks. And he can fetch much more if it's a Brady or an unusual pose. This is an engraving original to the Civil War period and it would be an ideal accent or compliment to a Meade autograph, letter or even a framed Gettysburg relic of some sort.
 
General Meade is, of course, best known for his victory over Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. But his service to our country certainly extends beyond that. He fought in both the Seminole and Mexican Wars. He was instrumental in the construction of coastal defenses before the Civil War. And during the war, he sustained a severe battle wound at Glendale (or "Frayser's Farm"), Virginia in 1862. He was instrumental in the Union victory at South Mountain, Maryland in September of '62. He was also wounded in action at the battle of Antietam, a few days after South Mountain. In the Union disaster at Fredericksburg, Meade's men were among the few federal troops to have any success. His Gettysburg record is well known, of course. And after that decisive battle, he commanded with a mostly effective ability...with the exception of some tactical errors at Cold Harbor and Petersburg.
 
If you are collecting images of Civil War generals, Meade is certainly a "must".
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nice CDV of General Philip Sheridan
Item #: JMS-869

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Good-looking image (engravature) of Union General Philip Sheridan. Carte has a minor trim across the top and some minimal age toning, none of which impacts the subject. The view is the classic shoulders-up picture of the controversial but militarily astute man. It would look fantastic in a frame with a Sheridan autograph.

Phil Sheridan saw his first combat before the Civil War in the Indian Wars of the Northwest. He was wounded in action during the Yakima War in 1857, but the injury was a minor one. By the time the Civil War rolled around, Sheridan was a Captain and he first served as a staff officer to General Halleck. He saw battle at Pea Ridge and Corinth and was then appointed Colonel of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. At the small, but important, battle of Booneville, Mississippi, Sheridan performed brilliantly and was the subject of an urgent communique from several commanders urging General Halleck to promote him to Brigadier. This, he received. He took command of the 11th Division of the 3rd Corps at Perryville, where he and his men gave a good accounting of themselves. At Murfreesboro, Sheridan repulsed several furious Confederate attacks and only withdrew from the field when ammunition was exhausted. He was then promoted to Major General...a rank unheard of for someone who had been a mere captain six months earlier. The General would see further combat at Tullahoma, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, where he would prove instrumental in the Missionary Ridge victory.

Realizing Sheridan's genius, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered the subordinate to come east with him when he took command of the Army of the Potomac. From then on, Sheridan would have charge of Cavalry operations for the AOP. After a couple of defeats which Sheridan blamed on restrictions from higher-ups, General Grant released him to engage the enemy when and where Sheridan saw fit. His men would mortally wound J.E.B. Stuart at Yellow Tavern and notch a few other minor victories. But many other battles of the so-called "Overland Campaign" were either inconclusive or outright defeats. He would go on to adopt a scorched earth policy in the Shenandoah Valley that residents remembered bitterly for many decades after the war. Whatever the relative merits or flaws in Sheridan's service to this point, he would be rightly credited with the tactical moves at Sayler's Creek and Five Forks that would force General Robert E. Lee to Appomattox. There, Sheridan's men would block Lee's escape and effectively force the surrender. No less than General Grant himself said there was no general, living or dead, who could be regarded as better than "Little Phil" Sheridan.

The General's service continued in the later Indian Wars. Sheridan is often quoted as having said, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian". That attribution is now widely disputed by historians. Having established a home in Chicago, Sheridan lost all his personal papers in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 even though his house was largely spared damage. Ironically, he would be placed in command of relief efforts for the city. He also served America in advocating tirelessly for the preservation of Yellowstone National Park.

General Sheridan died in 1888.

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Lincoln Secretary of War and Trusted Advisor Edwin Stanton
Item #: JMS-870

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Really crisp engraving-style CDV of Edwin M. Stanton. This one is in EXC condition with minor trims and no damage. This is original to the Civil War era but it is not a "from-life" photograph.
 
Stanton was an Ohioan, an attorney and an ardent Anti-Slavery Democrat. He was possibly the first attorney in history to successfully invoke the insanity defense in a criminal trial. Stanton defended future Union General Dan Sickles when he was charged with murdering the son of Francis Scott-Key. This was a wicked little love triangle sort of thing -- a real "movie of the week". At any rate, Stanton became Attorney General under President Buchanan and in 1862, President Lincoln would make him Secretary of War. It was Stanton who would say, on the night of the President's assassination, "Now he belongs to the ages". Stanton remained Secretary of War in the Andrew Johnson administration and when Johnson tried to have him removed, the President was impeached. He eventually resigned and was soon elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the stalwart Ohioan would die just four days after receiving Senate confirmation.
 
 
 
 
 

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CDV of Admiral Charles Wilkes -- A Fascinating Fellow!
Item #: JMS-878

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This is why I love this hobby so much.
 
You think you've read and absorbed so much information. But then a name or an event comes to your attention that you either didn't remember or maybe just missed the first time around! Charles Wilkes was a controversial and fascinating character before and during the Civil War. I'll offer more about him in a moment. But for now, just know that this CDV is a period engraving and not a "from-life" photo, which would cost significantly more. These engravatures were quite popular in their own right during and after the war. People collected them in albums and were even known to trade with their friends, much like I did as a kid with baseball cards. Today, the collector's first choice is usually a "from-life" photo...but these engravings are works of art in their own right and are frequently used when one is framing an autograph, artifact or other picture associated with the main subject.
 
It should be noted that the original owner of this image (someone in the 1860's, most likely) referred to him as "Gen." Wilkes in the pencil marking. This can be erased if you like. It is clearly a Naval officer in the image.
 
This CDV is in EXC-FINE condition with no damage whatsoever. There are period pencil ID's on front and back. And there's a very crisp maker's mark on the back. This one would frame up wonderfully with a clipped signature of the Admiral, a letter he might have written or a photo, engraving or drawing of one of his ships.
 
Wilkes was born in 1798 and was raised (here's one of several things I was entirely unaware of!) by his aunt, Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was the very first American-born woman to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church! What a connection! He worked with the incomparably brilliant Matthew Fontaine Maury in studying oceanography and developing related materials for the U.S. Naval Academy. Maury's work, which was at least partly based on Wilkes' studies, is still considered required reading for midshipmen! Wilkes first gained fame in his own right in 1838, when he was chosen over more seasoned officers to lead a U.S. Naval expedition to the southern oceans. Taking botanists, geologists, artists and other professionals, Wilkes commanded an expedition of six vessels on an almost four year mission of exploration and study! In January of 1840, Wilkes reported sighting the coast of an "Antarctic continent west of the Balleny Islands" -- this meant that then-Lieutenant Wilkes was the first man to confirm the status of Antarctica as a continent. To this day, a disputed district of Antarctic territory is known as "Wilkes Land". (His gravestone at Arlington National Cemetary credits this discovery.) Wilkes became an American hero not quite on the level of Charles Lindbergh or Neil Armstrong, but his accomplishments were widely known and feted.
 
During the Civil War, Wilkes can reasonably be called the "prime mover" in the Trent Affair. This won him further praise in the north but much criticism in both the south and in Europe. Even President Lincoln was eventually pressured into apologizing for Wilkes' actions in Bermuda in 1862. Wilkes would later serve capably in command of the important James River Flotilla and would also see blockading duty in the West Indies. There is much debate about the sort of officer and commander Wilkes was. Some literary historians have posited that Wilkes was at least partially the inspiration for Herman Melville's obsessed and brutal "Captain Ahab". Some contemporaries suggested he was capricious and cruel. Others noted that much of this gossip might have been ginned up because of a dispute between Wilkes and Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. (The two of them exchanged barbs and insults via mail when Welles stated Wilkes was too old to be promoted to the rank of Commodore.
 
So much more can be said and reported about this intriguing man, but I'll leave further "exploration" to the purchaser of this crisp image. I have seen very few photos OR engravings of Admiral Wilkes for sale. You'll not likely find one in nicer condition!
 
 
 
 

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Crisp CDV of Fort Sumter General Robert Anderson
Item #: JMS-882

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This great image is from life and features the ill-fated Fort Sumter hero, Robert Anderson. The carte is in VG condition with no clips, creases or stains. There has been some trimming of the edges, quite possibly done at or shortly after manufacture. Often, 19th century collectors wanted to fit these into particular frames or albums and so you find them trimmed from time to time. This one still retains an even gold border and sharp corners. There is a period "Appleton" backmark. This is a very nice waist-up view of the famous General.

Robert Anderson's military career was a long one. He was wounded in battle during the Mexican War at Molino Del Rey...a battle featuring Generals named Winfield Scott, Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin Pierce! Despite his Kentucky roots and status as a slaveholder, Anderson supported the Union cause in the Civil War and commanded Union forces in the vicinity of Charleston, South Carolina at the outbreak of hostilities. When Anderson moved his garrison from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, he came under an artillery barrage ordered by Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. Amusingly, Beauregard was Anderson's pupil at West Point. (I hope my current professors take note of this little historical tidbit!)

After Fort Sumter, Major Anderson was immediately promoted to Brigadier General and became one of the North's most famous heroes. He retired from military duty in 1863, ostensibly due to poor health. Anderson died in France in 1871 but is buried in West Point Cemetery. We also have for sale a stereoview image of Anderson's grave site. You might want to purchase both because they would make a delightfully frameable set!

Shipping Weight: 0.2 lb
Price Was: 85.00  $74.95 USD

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