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Item #68754 Carte view of Colonel Embury Durfee Osband. A tobacco farmer from Chicago, Embury would serve as a 1st lieutenant of the Chicago Dragoons and be the first to lead Illinois troops into the field on April 21, 1861 just 7 days after the surrender of Fort Sumter. Soon after Embury was commissioned a captain in Company A of the 4th Illinois Cavalry in September, 1861. The 4th Illinois would serve as General Grant's personal escort throughout the Western Theater.  Promoted to colonel he was tasked with recruiting the 1st Mississippi Colored Cavalry which would become the 3rd USCT Cavalry. Embury would participate in the Mississippi Campaigns and would be assigned commander of the Cavalry Division of West Tennessee in February, 1864. Brevetted to brigadier general for "leadership and devotion to duty" in October, 1864. He would however resign his commission during the summer of 1865 to take up cotton farming in Mississippi. He would live just 4 more years before succumbing to "inflammation of the brain". Embury remains the highest ranking veteran buried at Vicksburg National Cemetery. This view is back marked from Memphis, Tennessee and dates to his time commanding the Cavalry Division of Western Tennessee. Seldom seen view. $120.00 SOLD!

Item #68874 Carte view of Captain Grenville F. Sparrow of the 17th Maine Infantry. Grenville would muster as a sergeant in the 17th Maine during the summer of 1862. He would take promotions to 2nd and 1st lieutenant in 1863 before making captain in 1864. The 17th Maine and Grenville would see their ranks depleted in a number of bloody engagements starting with Fredericksburg. It would be followed by Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where Grenville would serve as a 2nd lieutenant helping to lead the regiment into battle. He would fight on at such places as the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and several others. This view dates to his time serving as captain. He would survive the war despite the regiment losing nearly 300 men over the course of the war. Back marked out of Portland, Maine with a tax stamp on the reverse. $250.00

Item #46355 Carte view of this subject dressed in civilian clothes. It is identified on the front bottom in old pencil as "L. B. Jenkins Feby 20/66". It was also identified in the album as "L. Barrett Jenkins Winkes Co.". Lewis Barrett Jenkins would muster from Winkes County in the 9th Virginia Infantry in late October, 1863. Barrett must have found out rather quickly that soldiering wasn't all it was cracked up to be. By early January, 1864 he deserted near Kinston, North Carolina. This one does have an old period ink inscription on the back as well reading "Uncle Barrett Papa's brother". No back mark on this one. $115.00

Item #44870 Carte view of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris and his younger brother, Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres. Prince Phillippe along with his younger brother volunteered to serve as officers in the Union Army in 1861. They would be given the rank of captain in September, 1861 and serve on the staff of General George McClellan. Philippe would distinguish himself during the Peninsular Campaign. Both he and his younger brother would however resign a year after enlisting in July, 1862. Philippe stands to the left and his younger brother to the right. Philippe history on the Civil War is considered a must read for anyone interested on the subject. Hard to find view. $175.00

Item #77373 Carte view of lieutenant Allen G. Shepard of the 33rd Massachusetts. Shepard would muster with Company K as a sergeant in July, 1862. In November of that year he would be promoted to 1st sergeant. A promotion to sergeant major would come in March of 1863 followed by a promotion to 2nd lieutenant two months later. A final promotion to 1st lieutenant would come in October, 1863. He held the rank of 1st lieutenant at the time of this sitting. You can just slightly see his shoulder boards worn in this view. The 33rd would see considerable action beginning at Chancellorsville. It would be followed by no less than 17 more engagements. This view has a pencil inscription across the front bottom but there is at least one other known view of Shepherd out there as a lieutenant. Back marked out of West Lynn, Massachusetts. $110.00

Item #70190 Pristine carte view of Major General George Sykes. The future general would graduate from the United States Military Academy in 1842. Following his graduation he would serve in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War. At the outbreak of the Civil War he would be appointed commander of the 2nd Division in the V Corps serving in the Army of the Potomac. Sykes would fight during the Peninsular Campaign and would continue in that position at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He would assume command of the V Corps following George Meade's promotion in command of the entire army. The general would fight with distinction during the second days fight at Gettysburg but would be criticized for his performance during the Battle of Mine Run. As a result Sykes would be removed from command and sent to Kansas. Very nice view of the general back marked by Brady. $125.00

Item #56671 Mint caret view of Brigadier General Alexander Hayes who would be killed in action during the Battle of the Wilderness. Hayes would begin the war serving as the colonel for the 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry. A known fighter, he would serve with distinction during the Peninsular Campaign. Fighting at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Savage Station, Malvern Hill and the Seven Days Battle. He would be promoted for "gallantry in action" after turning his regiment around and ordering a bayonet charge into the face of the enemy to cover the retreat of the brigade. Wounded in the engagement, he would take a month to recover from partial blindness and paralysis of the left arm. Upon his return he would assume command of the 63rd Pennsylvania and lead the regiment during a charge at the 2nd battle of Bull Run. Here he would be wounded again when his leg was shattered. Promoted to brigadier general of volunteers during his recovery he would later serve as a brigade commander in the XXII Corps serving the defenses of Washington. Hayes was later reassigned to command the 3rd Division during the Gettysburg Campaign. His division would defend the Union right at on Cemetery Ridge. For his efforts during the engagement he would be promoted once again. Following Gettysburg he would fight at Morton's Ford with became a bloody fiasco. Soon stories of Hayes being drunk during the engagement would arise. In 1864 the Army of the Potomac was reorganized and Hayes was placed in command of the 2nd Brigade of Birney's 3rd Division in the II Corps. Fighting near the junction of Brock and Plank Roads during the Battle of the Wilderness, Hayes was struck in the head by a minie ball and killed instantly. Very nice view of the hard fighting general. Back marked by Brady. $220.00 

Item #19809 Carte view of a yank infantryman. Vignette pose of this young soldier dressed in his infantry frock. An old period pencil id on the reverse identifies this view as 18 year old Elsworth Haight of the 126th New York Infantry. Elsworth would muster with Company B on August 22, 1862. Not even a month later he would find himself a POW. Part of the large force that was captured at Harper's Ferry. Paroled the next day he would spend 2 months in Chicago, Illinois awaiting exchange. Elsworth would return to Union Mills, Virgina after his exchange and spend the winter here. He would not leave. The young soldier would fall ill here and die of disease on February 6, 1863. There is no back mark on this view but there is a tax stamp dated September, 1865. This view was most likely done posthumously from a hard image. It comes housed in the original albumen sleeve along with a post war view of a young unidentified woman taken in Penn Yan, New York. $95.00

Item #31898 Beautiful carte view of Major General Edwin V. Sumner. When David E. Twiggs was removed from command in March 1861, Abraham Lincoln chose Edwin Sumner as his replacement, appointing him as one of only three brigadier generals in the regular army. This made Sumner the first new Union general created by the secession crisis. Sumner was initially dispatched to the Department of the Pacific in California, which meant he took no part in the 1861 campaigns. He was, however, brought back east to command a division in November 1861. This meant that Sumner was ideally positioned to take command of one of the new corps when the Army of the Potomac was reorganized in the spring of 1862. Although he was the oldest general in the Army of the Potomac, Sumner led the II Corps throughout the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days Battles. Despite performing poorly during the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, Sumner's initiative in sending reinforcements across the dangerously rain-swollen Chickahominy River prevented a Union disaster at the Battle of Seven Pines and garnered Sumner a brevet promotion to Major General. When the Army of the Potomac pulled away from Richmond, Sumner's II Corps sailed from Fort Monroe back to Washington, where they awaited orders. On August 27 Halleck extracted a promise from McClellan to immediately advance Sumner's and Franklin's corps to support Pope at Manassas, but later that same day McClellan cancelled the orders of march. He instead held Sumner in Washington for the next three days while the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) was being fought. On the 29th Halleck again ordered Franklin and Sumner to march to Pope's assistance early in the morning, but though Franklin moved his men to Annandale, Sumner's corps did not even leave the Washington fortifications.Sumner remained in Washington until midday on August 30, when his corps finally began marching toward Centreville, arriving on the 31st, the day after the Second Battle of Manassas had ended. Sumner found himself in the center of controversy in the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam. When he saw the developing fight between the Union I and XII Corps and Jackson's Confederates on the morning of September 17, without waiting for orders Sumner ordered John Sedgwick's division to push forward into the West Woods even as William French's division pushed toward the Confederate center. Though French's attack met with some success, the advance of Sedgwick's division was devastated by a Confederate counterattack, and Sedgwick and his men were forced to retreat back to the position from whence they had started their advance, sustaining over 2,200 casualties. This action has earned Sumner criticism for numerous reasons: the recklessness of the attack, his lack of coordination with the other corps commanders, personally accompanying Sedgwick's division into the fight, poor reconnaissance of the area before moving forward, his failure to secure his flanks as the division advanced, and losing contact with and control of French's division during the advance. Shortly before being fired from command of the army in October, McClellan wrote to the War Department a letter recommending that Sumner be relieved of duty, as he doubted that his age and health would permit him to survive another campaign, but nothing came of this and when Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside succeeded to the command of the Army of the Potomac, he grouped the corps in "grand divisions" and appointed Sumner to command the Right Grand Division. In this capacity, he took part in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg, in which the II Corps, now in commanded by Major General Darius Couch, Suffered heavy casualties in frontal assaults against Confederate troops fortified on Marye's Heights. Soon afterward, on Maj. Gen. Joseph Hookers appointment to command the Army of the Potomac, Sumner was relieved of his command at his own request, disillusioned with the quarreling in the army and also due to exhaustion. He was re-assigned to a new command in the Department of the Ohio which was to take effect that spring. Before taking over his new command he would travel to his daughters home in New York and would fall ill with fever. He would die on March 21, 1863. Nice period ink inscription on the front which note Sumner as "deceased". Back marked by Brady. $125.00

Item #79645 Exceptional pair of items pertaining to Confederate General's Robert E. Lee and William Wickham. Several years ago the estate of General Wickham was sold off by his remaining heirs. Among the items which were sold off was Wickham's extensive library. This was found tucked into one of the books in Wickham's library. Beautiful and nearly pristine carte view of Robert E. Lee. This one is signed in period ink on the reverse in the hand of Lee's wife Mary Custis Lee reading "Gen Robert E. Lee Confederacy 1864". It was not uncommon for Mary to sign carte views of the general and give them away as gifts both during the war and in later years. It does bear a desirable war date back by Vannerson & Jones of Richmond. It was found still tucked into the original envelope addressed to General Wickham in Robert E Lee's hand! Addressed to Wickham's wife Annie. "Care of Genl. Wm. C. Wickham Near Hanover Ct House Virgina". Exceptional item from 3 notable Virginian's, Mary Custis, Robert E. Lee and William Wickham! $1800.00

Item #89754 Absolutely beautiful carte view identified as lieutenant and quartermaster Orin P. Stafford of the 6th Iowa Infantry. Stafford would muster as a corporal in Company D starting in July, 1861. He would be promoted to quarter master sergeant late in November, 1863. January of 1864 would see Stafford re-enlisting in the regiment. That December he would be serving as a 1st lieutenant and quartermaster. The regiment would see considerable action in quite a few engagements including Shiloh, Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Resaca, Bentonville and several others. Stafford would be mustered out of service in July, 1865. This is a beautiful view of Orin. Extremely clear and well focused with nice rich tones. He wears the rank of lieutenant here. Nice ink signature across the front bottom. This one is back marked out of Louisville where he would be mustered out of service in 65' so would date to the time of his discharge. Extremely nice view. $165.00

Item #90213 Carte view of Alfred Stratton of the 147th New York Infantry. A blacksmith prior to the war, Stratton would muster into Company G of the 147th New York Infantry as a substitute in place of August Lass who had been recently drafted. On June 18, 1864 as the 147th stormed the works at Petersburg, Stratton would be struck by an artillery shell which required the amputation of both arms. He would be promoted to sergeant during his recovery and later discharged and sent home just 4 months after losing both arms. Stratton would marry in 1865 and make his home in Washington D.C. The wounds would eventually claim his life however on June 10, 1874 at just 29 years of age. There are a number of different known views of Stratton taken after the loss of his arms. These were sold to help raise funds for Stratton so that he could make a living since he was no longer able to work. He is shown here dressed in a service jacket with what appears to be an id badge pinned to his breast. This one does have a slight wrinkle in it that runs horizontally which you can see in the scan. Hard to find view. $300.00 

Item #89881 Carte view of an unidentified heavy artilleryman. Standing pose dressed in his heavy artilleryman's frock. This fellow belonged to a 2nd regiment of heavy artillery. Most likely the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery. No doubt one of the men that served in one of the many batteries that encircled Washington. His cap rests on the table at his side with brass artillery insignia pinned to the top along with the numeral "2" and his company letter "C". Back marked by Brady. Nice view of that hat brass. $115.00

Item #78234 Very rare war date carte view of an unidentified Virginia rebel. Don't see the carte views of the common enlisted Confederate soldier very often at all. This view shows an older soldier dressed in a shell jacket which appears to have been made from a corduroy material. Matching trousers with a very wide black trouser seam. This one is back marked by Yates & Medernach of Danville, Virginia. Very rare view. $400.00

Item #35199 Post war carte view of George Warner of the 20th Connecticut Infantry. George would muster with Company B beginning in August, 1862. He would be severely wounded by artillery fire at Gettysburg during the third days fight which would result in the loss of both arms. The 20th Connecticut was posted about 750 feet in front of the far left of Culps Hill. It's believed that Warner was most likely wounded by friendly fire when an errant round fired from the 12th Corps artillery landed within their exposed position. George would miraculously survive the wounding and be discharged for disability in October, 1863. He would pose for this view not long after his discharge. These views were sold to help raise funds for George as he was unable to work after the loss of both arms. $325.00

Item #25610 Rare war date carte view of the Springfield Armory. Very hard to find view. Established for the manufacture of US military firearms in 1777. It would operate in that capacity up until 1968 when it ceased producing firearms. It is currently preserved as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and holds the largest collection of US produced firearms in the world. The armory would produce the majority of weapons used by Federal troops during the war. I have seen a couple of different views of the armory but this is the only one of this particular view I have ever seen showing the majority of the facility. No back mark. $275.00

Item #37867 Carte view identified as 29 year old farmer Lorenzo R. Putnam of Becket, Massachusetts. Lorenzo would muster with Co. F. of the 31st Massachusetts Infantry in November, 1861. He would re-enlist in mid February, 1864 with a promotion to corporal. During his service he would contract rheumatism and suffer from chronic dysentery like so many men did. It may account for his somewhat sickly appearance hear and almost ghostly gaze. He would manage to survive to be mustered out with the company in September, 1865 but would be plagued with problems for most of his life. Dressed in a standard issue sack coat, he wears as US waist belt and plate with his cap box. His corporal stripes are worn in this view which places it's date some time after his re-enlistment. The strap to his cartridge box is worn over the should minus the breast plate although you can see that the strap was cut to accommodate the plate. This one has a pencil id along the bottom front and was part of an album of images of men that belonged to the 31st Massachusetts. No back mark on this one but a wonderful image. $180.00

Item #33254 Carte view of a Federal infantryman photographed in front of the Camp Rendezvous back drop. Standing pose next to this pedestal on which his cap rests. Dressed in a sack coat and military vest. Camp Rendezvous served as a transition point for soldiers returning to their regiments after furlough's or convalescences as well as those transferring into new units. This one does have the Camp Rendezvous of Distribution back mark on it. $90.00

Item #69001 Carte view of Major General John White Geary. The future general would be commissioned a colonel in the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry in late June, 1861. Four months later he would be wounded while fighting at Bolivar, Virginia. March, 1862 would see him wounded again and captured at Leesburg but he would be quickly exchanged. The next month he would be promoted brigadier general where he would command a brigade in Nathaniel Banks Corps. There he would fight against "Stonewall" Jackson throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Geary would command a brigade during the Battle of Cedar Mountain but would be seriously wounded again in both the arm and leg on August 9th. He would return that October commanding a corps in the Army of the Potomac. The general would be heavily engaged during the Battle of Chancellorsville where he was wounded again when he was knocked unconscious from a cannonball that just missed hitting him in the head. Geary would recover in time for Gettysburg. He would have the most embarrassing moment of his career here when he lost track of the division he was supposed to be following and completely marched off the field of battle. It wasn't until 9 o'clock that night that he managed to return to Culp's Hill. Geary would be transferred west to assist the Union Army besieged at Chattanooga. It was here during the Battle of Wauhatchie that his son would be wounded and died in his arms. Enraged at his son's death he would turn his anger on the enemy and prevail in battle despite being greatly outnumbered. He would continue to distinguish himself at Lookout Mountain, during the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's march to the Sea and the Carolina's Campaign. Geary would oversee the surrender of Savannah and serve as the city's military governor. He would be brevetted to major general in January, 1865 and was eventually discharged in January, 1866. Nice period ink id on the back of this one reading "Brig Genl Geary. 20" Corps". Rounded corners otherwise a nice view. $100.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #77578 Wonderful carte view of Major Karl VonWedell of the 68th New York Infantry and an unknown member of the regiment on sentry duty. This view came out of an album of members from the 68th New York. VonWedell would muster as a corporal with the regiment in August, 1861. He would receive promotions to 2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant, captain and finally major over the next two years. He would be discharged in mid January, 1863. This view was taken in the vicinity of Washington where the regiment would remain until the spring of 1862. The major is shown here with the rank of 2nd lieutenant which he would receive in August, 1861. Great view taken in the field. His cap rests on the seat of a camp chair situated between the two men. The sentry stands with his musket held at the shoulder and wearing a M1858 Hardee hat. Behind him can be seen a stand of muskets with a canteen and haversack hung off the bayonets and a large drum in the center. Just a killer view by Brady. $495.00

Item #78971 Nice stereoview showing the east face of Fort Sumter after the bombardment from Confederate ships. The east side of the fort faced the open sea and was subject to a terrible bombardment from monitors out at sea. You can see a number of huge holes in the face of the wall from the massive guns that were being fired into it. The thickness of these walls is just amazing. So much so they don't appear to have been penetrated. There is an old period ink inscription on the back reading "The face of Fort Sumter". Very nice view. $65.00

Item #79798 Rare carte view of Confederate General Thomas L. Rosser. He would begin the war serving as a 1st lieutenant and an instructor for the famed "Washington Artillery" of New Orleans. Rosser would command a company during the First Battle of Manassas during which he gained notoriety for shooting down one of McClellan's observation balloons. He would receive a promotion to captain for doing so. During the Peninsular Campaign he would command a battery during the Seven Days before being severely wounded at Mechancisville. Following his recovery he would receive promotions to lieutenant colonel and then colonel of the 5th Virginia cavalry just a few days later. Rosser would play an instrumental role during the Second Battle of Manassas, South Mountain as well as Antietam. Severely wounded again at Kelly's Ford he would be out of commission up until just before the Gettysburg Campaign. Here he would command a a regiment at Hanover and the fighting in the East Cavalry Field. Afterwards he would receive a promotion to brigadier general of "Laurel Brigade" which would gain fame under Turner Ashby. He would be wounded yet again at Trevilian Station where his brigade would capture a number of men serving under Custer. A close personal friend and West Point classmate of Rosser's. Turning the tables Custer then over ran Rosser's troops at the Battle of Tom's Brook and chased them for over 10 miles. During the process Custer captured General Rosser's private wardrobe wagon. Rosser had captured a pair of Custer's trousers earlier at Trevilian Station and now Custer had captured Rosser's uniform. A rather comical communication between the two friends ensued. He would receive a promotion to major general in November, 1864 earning the nickname "Savior of the Valley". In January, 1865 he took 300 men across the mountains in the middle of winter and managed to capture two full regiments while they sat in the works at Beverly, West Virginia. During the Appomattox Campaign he would capture Union general John Irvin Gregg. On the morning of April 9th he made a daring charge at Appomattox Court House and escaped with the majority of his command as Lee was in the process of surrendering his troops. The escape would be in vain and Rosser would surrender at Stauton, Virginia on May 4, 1865. Seldom seen view of this great commander. This one is back marked by Selby & McCauley who worked out of Maryland. $300.00

Item #33241 Nice carte view of Federal 1st sergeant of an infantry unit. This one does have a faint pencil id across the front bottom but I am not able to read it. Studio pose by Brady. He stands dressed in his infantry frock with wonderful 1st sergeant's insignia worn on the sleeve. There is a faint wrinkle in this view that runs vertically right in the center that runs about 3/4 of the way up the carte. Nice 1st sergeants view regardless with an id possible. $110.00

Item #67121 Carte view of Captain Robert Farley Clark of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry. Clark would be commission as a captain in Company F in October, 1861. The regiment would become part of Burnside's Expeditionary Corps and see action at Roanoke Island, New Bern and a couple others. Clark would however resign in February, 1864. This one has a modern pencil id on the reverse but the Massachusetts Historical Society does have this same view housed in the original albumen sleeve id'd to Clark. A scan of which is included. Back marked out of Boston. $115.00

Item #68743 Mint vignette carte view of Confederate General Henry Heth. He would serve as Robert E. Lee's quartermaster and would become one of Lee's close friends. One of Lee's few generals who Lee would refer to by first name due to their close friendship. He would command a division for most of the war. It is Heth who has for the most part shoulder the blame for the Battle of Gettysburg after sending half of his division into the town. Henry himself would be wounded during the battle when he was struck in the head by a ball. At the time he was wearing a cap which was to large for his head and he had stuffed it with newspapers in order to make it fit properly. The ball struck the paper which was wadded up inside the brim on the cap and most likely saved his life. Following A.P. Hills wounding at Chancellorsville, Heth would be given command of his brigade in the 3rd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. He would surrender with Lee and the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9th. War date southern back mark by Tanner & Van Ness of Lynchburg. $300.00

Item #48799 Carte view of yank soldier identified as George Bechtel. Nice priod ink inscription on the back reading "Yours truly, George W. Bechtel". This is possibly George W. Bechtel who served with the 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. There are only a couple of possible matches. The other possible match would serve in the 52nd Pennsylvania Infantry and would be discharged for a disability after being diagnosed with "Deafness". No back mark. $65.00

Item #19876 Unique set of carte views of the same man. Both taken in the same studio. In one pose he is seen dressed in civilian clothes and the other dressed in uniform. This first image most likely shows him not long after being mustered out of service. The other dressed in a fine new uniform. These two views do not appear to have been taken on the same day but presumably within a very short time of one another. There are slight differences between the two views. The table cloth has been moved and while the cap is the same it now has the company letter pinned above the regimental number. You can see that he does wear the same corduroy vest with Goodyear buttons in both views. Sporting some killer checkered trousers in that civilian view. You can certainly see the difference in his demeanor between the two views. In the first view he sits slouched in his chair with a very hesitant look on his face. In the second view he sits erect and gives off an air of confidence. That's what military service does for you. Turns boys into men! These are both back marked by the same photographer and location by Bowers of Market Street in Massachusetts. Great pair! $225.00

Item #22901 Rare carte view of Civil War nurse Cynthia R. Tuell Denham of Rhode Island. Cynthia would work as a nurse in the Lovell General Hospital located in Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island. Vignette pose of the young nurse dressed in a very plain black. Cynthia's husband would serve in the 9th Rhode Island Infantry. This view bears a period ink inscription on the back reading "Cynthia R. Denham Lovell Genl. Hospital R. I.". She would work here tending to the sick and wounded for the majority of the war and would file for a pension in 1896 for her service rendered. Very rare view of a identified Civil War nurse. $600.00 

Item #28955 Drop dead beautiful carte view of this Federal infantryman. This has to be one of the clearest carte views I have seen. Possibly a soldier of German origin. The image is so clear that you can visibly see the different textures of the material of the frock and kersey-weave army issue trousers. He sits with these massive calloused hands. You can even see the small "U.S." stamp on the flap of his cap box. Just a beautiful view from the famed Whitehurst Gallery of Washington. Pristine view of this bearded soldier. $200.00

Item #56511 Rare signed carte view of Major General George H. Thomas "The Rock of Chickamauga". Thomas would serve as one of the principal commanders in the Western Theater. He would earn one of the first Union victories at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky in January, 1862. Thomas would also serve commendably during the battles of Perryville and Stones River. His greatest war time achievement would come at Chickamauga where he would be the savior of the entire Federal after saving the entire Union Army from being completely routed. He would earn the nickname "The Rock of Chickamauga" for doing so. He would prove himself once more at Missionary Ridge after breaking through Confederate defenses during the Battle of Chattanooga. Thomas is also credited with winning one of the most decisive victories of the war after destroying Confederate General John Bell Hood's rebel army. Really one of the war's great generals. This one is signed in period ink across the front bottom reading "Geo H. Thomas Maj Genl". Back marked from the gallery of the Cumberland in Nashville, Tennessee. Rare and superb view. $450.00

Item #89132 Wonderful carte view of Harlan P. Partridge of the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry. The 53rd would serve as a 9 month regiment starting late in 1862. Harlan would muster as a sergeant in August, 1862 with Company B. That October he would be promoted to sergeant major which is the rank he wears here. The regiment would serve mainly in Louisiana and despite their short term of service they would see action in a number of engagements throughout the state. Harlan would eventually be mustered out in September, 1863. He is shown here dressed in his frock with legs crossed and sporting knee high boots. His sergeant majors insignia worn on the sleeve. Beautiful M1851 eagle waist plate can be clearly seen worn as he cradles a NCO M1840 sword in his lap. His cap rests on the table beside him with infantry horn pinned to the front and the numeral "53" clearly visible. A period ink id is written on the front and this one is signed on the reverse as well reading "Harlan P. Partridge Sergeant Major 53rd Reg Mass". Beautiful view! $225.00

Item #37990 Carte view identified as Henry Parker Worsley of Massachusetts. Henry would muster with Company G of the 4th Massachusetts Infantry during September, 1862. He is shown here dressed in his frock with his cap resting in his lap. A brass infantry horn is pinned to the top with the numeral "4" in the center. Company letter G is pinned above that. A pencil notation on the reverse notes that Henry died during the war. That doesn't seem to be the case however. Henry was detailed as a store keeper in the Commissary Department in Brashear City in March of 1863. On June 30th of that year Henry along with 5 commissioned officers and 138 enlisted men from the regiment were placed under arrest for refusing to do their duty on the grounds that their term of enlistment had expired. Henry along with the rest of the regiment were later discharged in September. The inscription may have been put there to hide the fact that he had been arrested. Great back mark on this one out of Taunton, Massachusetts featuring Lady Liberty standing with a shield. I have never seen this back mark before. Mint carte view with a rather interesting story. $200.00 

Item #45111 Very rare medical carte view of a wounded soldier taken by Reed Bontecou of Washington. Reed Bontecou was the surgeon in charge of the Harewood General Hospital located in Washington. He began photographing the wounded men that came under the hospitals care to document the severity and types of wounds that had been received. Each subject was photographed with a slate board that identified his name and regiment and was posed in a manner which displayed the wound. Each view was then cataloged and given a sequence number in red ink by Bontecou. The surgeon would amass a considerable collection. This view would have been the 564th image taken. They are however very seldom seen now a days. This view shows Irish immigrant Michael Sutherland who would serve in the 28th Massachusetts Infantry. Michael would be wounded in action on May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House. He would be discharged for those wounds in July, 1865. Extremely rare and hard to find view. $700.00

Item #91321 Very nice carte view of Union General Philip H. Sheridan of Ohio. This one has a facsimile signature of Sheridan along the bottom . Still a very nice carte view. This one is back marked by Anthony and has a tax stamp on the reverse. $75.00                                                  

Item #11902 Carte view identified as Richard Blain of the 28th Illinois Infantry. Blain is seen here dressed in your standard infantry frock. he would muster with Company F in late September, 1864 and serve until his discharge on July 25th, 1865. This one comes housed in the original paper sleeve from the photographer which does have his last name written in period ink on the reveres. There is also a paper insert inside the sleeve which has his full name written on it as well. Back marked by E. P. Rogers Fine Art Gallery of Petersburg, Illinois who worked as a photographer slash dentist slash surgeon. Quite the entrepreneur... $85.00 

Item #21299 Beautiful carte view of Major Charles H. Fosselman of the 7th New Jersey Infantry. Just weeks into the war Charles would enlist as a private in the 2nd New Jersey Militia. There he would serve in the defenses surrounding Washington and be held in reserve during the First Battle of Bull Run. Discharged at the end of their 3 month term he would then enlist as a sergeant in the 7th New Jersey beginning in September of 1861. Charles would see considerable action during the Peninsular Campaign fighting at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, The Seven Days, Second Bull Run and Antietam. He would somehow survive the campaign uninjured. In October, 1862 he would be promoted to sergeant major and would fight on through the Fredericksburg Campaign and the disastrous Mud March. A promotion to 2nd lieutenant would come in April, 1863 followed by his participation in Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the fall Mine Run Campaign. January, 1864 found Charles with another promotion to 1st lieutenant. He would lead the regiment at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg. In the fall of 1864, Fosselman would be appointed to Adjutant in place of Charles Dougherty who had been severely wounded in battle. Through the fall of 1864 he worked re-enlisting veterans of the 5th New Jersey who transferred into the 7th to fill spots left by the men who had been mustered out of service. Just prior to the final assault on Petersburg, Charles would be promoted to Major. His luck would finally run out on April 6th, 1865 when he was wounded while leading an attacking party against a Confederate wagon train as they tried to escape from Petersburg. Charles would finally be mustered out of service in July, 1865 after being promoted 5 times. Quite an illustrious career. This view shows Charles with his final rank of major. Beautifully signed on the front in period ink, "Truly your friend, C. H. Fosselman Major 7th N.J. Vols." A little bit of paper loss to the back where somebody removed the tax stamp. No back mark. Wonderful view! $250.00

Item #11290 Very interesting carte view of this soldier dressed in a Zouave style uniform. His cap has the numeral "6" pinned to the front along with the company letter "A". This one is back marked out of Baltimore and I believe this is a member of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. He is dressed in this unique dark Zouave jacket with trefoil cuff design and unusual triangular shaped shoulder tabs. The same design adorns the waist sash. The 6th Massachusetts of course became forever known to history as a result of the Baltimore Riots in which the regiment was mobbed by the town citizens as they attempted to march through the city on their way to Washington. I originally thought this to be a view of Luther C. Ladd of the 6th Massachusetts who became the first soldier of the war to be killed in action as a result of the riot but I don't believe that to be the case. The regiment would return to Baltimore in May and occupy the city for several days and would do so again in both June and July. Very rare view. Back marked by Shorey's Gallery of West Baltimore St. $175.00

Item #89891 Carte view of Colonel Samuel L. Buck of the 2nd New Jersey. Buck would be commissioned a major in the 2nd New Jersey in May of 1861. A promotion to lieutenant colonel would come in January, 1862 when he replaced Isaac Tucker. He served with distinction during the Peninsular Campaign receiving a promotion to colonel of the regiment after Tucker was killed during the Battle of Gaines Mill. Buck would command the 2nd New Jersey through the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the Battle of Chancellorsville he would lead the regiment in the VI Corps attack on Salem Church. Buck would assume command of the brigade after his commander, Henry Brown was wounded in the repulse from Salem Church. Serving in that position for only a few hours he was severely wounded when while crossing Banks Ford an enemy shell exploded startling his horse which threw him. He spent a good deal of time in Washington recovering and did not return to command until the fall of 1863. Back in the saddle Samuel would lead the regiment through the Mine Run Campaign and then the Overland Campaign in the spring of 1864. July would see the end of his term and he would be mustered out of service. This view is hand signed in ink on the back. Bottom corners are rounded otherwise a very nice carte view of a hard fought unit. $250.00

Item #68966 Carte view of a young Federal seated on an upholstered bench. Dressed in a untrimmed shell jacket and matching trousers with piping down the trouser seam. A handkerchief protrudes from between the buttons of his jacket. His cap rests in his lap with the rain cover on and a small star where the button would be affixed for the chin strap. He also has a small five-pointed star pinned to his collar as well. Possibly an indication of his affiliation with the 20th Corps. This one is back marked out of Sing Sing, New York. $275.00

Item #21785 Nice grouping attributed to Lieutenant George Berdan of the 7th New Jersey Volunteers. Consisting of a carte view of Berdan along with a small pocket bible which Berdan presented to his sister Mary in January, 1862. The carte view shows the lieutenant dressed in his frock and wearing the corresponding rank. George would muster as a corporal in Company G. starting in July, 1862. Three months later he would be promoted to 1st sergeant. A promotion to 2nd lieutenant would follow just 2 months later. Berdan would see action a slew of engagements as the regiment fought it out during the Peninsular Campaign. Yorktown, Seven Pines, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill and dozen others. George would manage to survive the blood bath of 1862 but would not be so lucky the following spring. While engaged at Chancellorsville he would be killed leading his men into battle. George would present the bible to his sister while the regiment was encamped along the Potomac near Budd's Ferry, Maryland. The inscription written in period ink reads, "Presented to Mary Berdan by her brother George. While camped on the Potomac shore near Budd's Ferry, Md". It is then dated January 9th, 1862. The regiment would be encamped here from November, 1861 through April, 1862. Some wear to the cover but otherwise a neat pair of items. $500.00 

Item#46512 Carte view of Colonel William Robertson of the 24th New Jersey Infantry. William would muster as a colonel in September of 1862. He would take part in the first assault on Marye's heights during the Battle of Fredericksburg. The regiment would not fare well losing 160 men during the fight. Another 40 would be lost at Chancellorsville. Robertson would manage to survive the battles and muster out in June of 1863 along with what remained of the regiment. This view is signed in period ink by William across the front bottom. Back marked out of Philadelphia. Super nice carte view with just the two bottom corners clipped. $300.00

Item #34989 Carte view identified as husband and wife Charley and Maria Bates of Centralia, Illinois. Charley is dressed in this rather dapper checkered suit and overcoat while Maria is looking quite the beautiful young lady in this wonderful pattern dress and gloved hands. The names of their children are also listed on the back. This one had a tax stamp on the reverse that has fallen off. There were 3 men by the name of "Charles Bates" that would serve from the state of Illinois. I would presume based on Charley's age that he most certainly had some service during the war. Back marked out of Centralia, Illinois by Matthews and Russell. $65.00

Item #21988 Carte view of George May Powell. Born in 1835, Powell would record quite a career. He would start by serving as a noted Treasury statistician. He would invent an improved rifle as well as an Army cot. Powell would be involved in 3 separate publishing companies that would combine both his business and social reform interests. He would found a number of social reform organizations and was noted as a public speaker on progressive and religious issues. George would also work as a writer and cartographer. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation currently holds 5 boxes of material pertaining to Powell which is housed in the New York State Library. He's also listed in "Who Was Who in America". Powell would also serve in one of the Washington D.C. Militia Regiments which all civilian members of the Executive Departments were required to participate in. This one has a pencil notation on the reverse reading "George May Powell Treasury Dept. Civil War Soldier". This one is by Brady. $90.00

Item #48777 Carte view of an attractive young unidentified woman hailing from California. Standing pose as she rests on this ornate Victorian chair. She wears this wonderful dark silk dress ornamented with beaded fringe and lace applique on the shoulders, cuffs and pocket. There is a tax stamp on the reverse of this one which appears to be dated March 2, 1865. Rare back mark by William Shew of San Francisco. Super nice image. $75.00

Item #57662 Carte view of Gettysburg casualty adjutant Charles H. Dougherty. Charles mustered into Co. A of the 7th New Jersey Infantry in August, 1861. Over the next couple of years he would receive promotions to sergeant major, 2nd and 1st lieutenant and finally to adjutant. He would fight in some of most severe battles of the war and survive. Barely. His first wound came at Malvern Hill. A second wound would follow when he was shot through the shoulder near the Trostle House on July 2nd at Gettysburg. Tempting fate once more he would be wounded at Spotsylvania Court House. The third time being the charm he was finally discharged for disability in September of 1864. This view is hand signed by Charles, "Yours Truly Charles R Dougherty 1st Lt and Adjt of NJV". Very nice view back marked out of Philadelphia. Quite the soldier. $550.00

Item #98143 Extremely rare view of General William Hervey Lamme Wallace. Considered by General Grant to have been one of the Union's greatest general 's. He would serve briefly during the Mexican-American War. Initially he would serve as a colonel with the 11th Illinois Infantry. He would command a brigade during the Battle of Fort Donelson where he would be praised for his coolness under fire. As a result of his actions at Fort Donelson he would receive a promotion to brigadier general of volunteers. During the expedition to Savannah, Tennessee he would take over command of General Charles Smith's division after Smith was injured in the leg. Wallace would command that division at the Battle of Shiloh. Despite his limited experience he would manage to hold off repeated Confederate assaults in the area of the Hornet's Nest for 6 hours. Eventually surrounded he finally gave the order to withdraw. Many of his men escaped but Wallace was severely wounded during the retreat. After the battle he was found clinging to life by his men after they had scoured the field looking for him. The general was first carried to his wife and then to General Grant's headquarters. A ball had entered the back of his head just behind the left ear and exited out his left eye. He would die in his wife's arms 3 days later. His last words were "we meet in heaven" before succumbing to the wound on April 10, 1862. He would be laid to rest in Ottawa, Illinois. His horse "Prince" who carried him into the battle is buried beside him. Seldom seen view of the general due to his short service. This one is back marked by President Lincoln's photographer from Fassett's  Gallery of Chicago. $700.00

Item #81642 Beautiful mounted albumen print of the famed Burnside Bridge located at Antietam. This view of the bridge was taken by Gardner not long after the armies had left this place. Damage to the bridge and the adjacent stone wall from the fierce battle which was waged here can still be seen. It looks very tranquil considering the hell that took place here. Titled across the bottom "Burnside Bridge, Across Antietam Creek, Maryland". This print is extremely large. The entire albumen card measures 18" x 13" so it's pretty big. The image itself measures 9" x 7". This is a very, very nice print. Don't get much nicer than this one. $800.00

Item #19821 Carte view identified as Joshua Simster Garsed of Co. B., 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, Birney's Zouaves. Joshua would muster with the famed regiment as a corporal during the first week of August 1861. Serving with the Army of the Potomac he saw no shortage of front line action. During that time he would rise to the rank of 1st Lieutenant only to be captured at White's Ford just two months after his promotion. He would spend the next month and a half confined at Libby Prison before being exchanged and rejoining his regiment. Joshua would slug it out with his men through the next few battles arriving at Gettysburg at 4 o'clock on July 2nd. On the 3rd at 5:30 in the afternoon a Whitworth round fired from a rebel position slammed into Garsed striking him between the right shoulder and neck which literally "tore him to pieces". Presumably he was struck during the intense Confederate bombardment that was meant to soften up Federal lines prior to the final grand charge for the Confederacy. Later that evening a shallow 2 foot grave was dug on the farm of Michael Frey and Garsed was laid to rest there. On the 11th his brother and father arrived on the field and had his body disinterred and embalmed before sending it back home to Philadelphia for burial there. He was finally laid to rest on the 23rd with full military honors in the Leveringon Cemetery of Philadelphia. This very image is published on page 107 of "History of the 23rd Pa. Volunteer Infantry". No back mark on this one but an extremely rare view. $1350.00

Item #90785 Super nice carte view of General Burnside. Probably one of the nicer Burnside views I have seen. Seated pose of the general with a great view of those iconic sideburns. Nice rich tones to this one. Back marked by Appleton & Co. of New York. $100.00

Item #65432 Nice carte view of Carrington Raymond of Co. D, 7th New Jersey Volunteers. Raymond would be commissioned a 1st Lieut. in the 7th in October of 1861. He would serve with the regiment at Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Bristoe Station and a few others before his discharge for a promotion in late June of 1863. He took a promotion to major on that date and was commissioned into the US Volunteers Adjutant General Department where he stayed until his resignation on February 1st, 1865. This one is back marked by the Whitehurst Gallery that was located in Washington. His photo can be seen on page 229 of "Give it to Them Jersey Blues History of the 7th New Jersey Volunteers" by John Hayward. A very nice view! $175.00

Item #55754 Very nice carte view of Major David Vickers, Jr.  Vickers originally mustered with Co. B of the 3rd New Jersey Infantry in late May of 1861 but within days received a promotion to captain of Co. A of that same regiment. At the end of September of 1863 he was discharged for a promotion to Major with the 4th New Jersey Infantry. He would serve with the 4th up until his capture on May 12, 1864 while engaged at Spotsylvania Court House. Confined at Macon, Georgia and later Columbia, South Carolina he would eventually be released. He ended his career with a promotion to colonel in March of 1865 and then again to Brevet Brig. General in May of that same year. After the war he spent time serving as a diplomat to Cuba before his death in June of 1908. This is a nice view of Vickers with a period ink identification along the bottom front. Back marked by Manger's of Philadelphia. No bends or creases in this one either! $250.00 

Item #54278 This is a neat pair of items. It's a carte view of Confederate General William Wickham of Virginia. Included with the view is the original envelope from the Hall's Art Gallery and Studio located in Virginia in which the image was found.  These came directly out of General Wickham's personal library from his estate which was sold in it's entirety several years ago. He fought in several major engagements including Manassas, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg among several others and was severely wounded by a saber blow at Williamsburg. He later resigned his commission in 1864 to take a seat in the Second Confederate Congress. The carte view is a little faint and was highlighted by the artist at the time to apparently make up for some of the lightness of the image. I would assume this was taken probably sometime in 1864 or 65 and with the blockade taking effect the necessary products for image production were very lacking by this time. Hence the need for the artist to manually highlight the image. Great pair of items and which certainly handled by General Wickham himself! $450.00  

Item #68732 Carte view of Corporal George W. Brown who served in both the 157th and 191st Pennsylvania Infantry and Corporal Edwin S. Kellogg of the 89th New York Infantry. Both men would lose their left arms at Petersburg. There are a number of different views of these two. Edwin Kellogg stands to the right dressed in his New York Jacket with the sleeve pinned up and holding a musket. Brown stands next to him cradling the flag keeping it from touching the ground. They took a number of different views which were sold to help raise money. This one has an old pencil inscription on the reverse which says "Pitisburg June 18, 1864" marking the date when the two men were wounded. Probably written by one of the men I'm sure. Back marked out of Pottsville, PA. $395.00

Item #08121 Carte view of Colonel Issac Wistar. Early in 1861 after the outbreak of war Wistar raised a company of men which became part of the 1st California Regiment. Originally serving as a captain of that regiment he took a promotion to lieut. colonel on June 28th. Wistar would show his leadership abilities early on. The regiment would see their first real action on October 21st during the Battle of Ball's Bluff. Wistar would assume command of the regiment after Colonel Baker was struck down at the head of the regiment. Colonel Wistar would not escape injury either during the onslaught. He would be seriously wounded struck in the right elbow, then his jaw and finally his thigh. Of the 570 seventy officers and men taken into the battle only 375 came out. As a result the 1st California regiment became the the 71st Pennsylvania. He would fair no better at Antietam. This time he was struck in the left arm. Two months later he would receive a promotion to brigadier general and was assigned brigade command of the VII Corps. On May 7th, 1864 he began leading a brigade during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign but would be relieved of duty just 11 days later. Shortly afterwards he submitted his resignation ending his military career. No back mark on this one. $225.00

Item #43412 Nice carte view of four Federal officers seated around a table enjoying a game of poker. This is actually a use of trick photography. There are only 2 men sitting at the table in reality. Each man is actually playing against himself. Nice early use of trick photography. None of the men are identified unfortunately. Very nice condition and back marked out of Boston. $275.00


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