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Item #14473 Pristine war date carte view of Confederate General George Washington Custis Lee. Vignette view of the general. The eldest son of General Robert E. Lee. An intelligent and well educated man, Custis would graduate from West Point first in his class in 1854. Initially he would serve in the United States Army commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. After Virginia's succession from the Union in 1861 he would resign his position following in his fathers foot steps two weeks later. Offering his services to the Confederate States, Custis was commissioned a captain in the summer of 1861. He would work in the Confederate Engineers helping to construct fortifications around Richmond before accepting a position as aide-de-camp to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Promoted to colonel he would serve in that position for the next 3 years. Following his father appointment to command the Army of Northern Virginia, Custis was put in charge of supervising the engineers at Drewry's Bluff. Promoted to brigadier general in June, 1863 he longed for field command. He would remain loyal to Davis at Lee's request but was given command of the troops in Richmond during the Gettysburg Campaign. Custis was again placed in command of Richmond's home defenses in 1864 against Grant's and Benjamin Butler's forces. He did so well he was given command of Richmond's eastern defenses at Chaffins Bluff. He would remain here for the next several months before being promoted to major general. Just days before the end of the war he was finally given field command of troops during the Battle of Sayler's Creek only to be captured on April 6th. Post war he would serve as the 9th president of the esteemed Washington & Lee University. This is a war date view back marked by southern photographers Lumpkin & Tomlinson of Richmond. Very desirable and rare Confederate back mark. Absolutely mint view! SOLD!


Item #24331 Extremely rare carte view of Lieutenant Lawrence VanAlstyne. The future lieutenant would muster as a corporal in Company B of the 128th New York Infantry in August, 1862. The following August he would be discharged for a promotion in the 90th USCT, 19th Corps de Afrique Infantry as a 2nd lieutenant. This view dates to his service with the 90th USCT, taken just four months after his promotion. He would be discharged the following August. Post war Lawrence would author the most popular book written by a Civil War veteran titled "Diary of an Enlisted Man" which is still widely popular among Civil War enthusiasts. This one bears a very nice period ink inscription on the reverse reading "Lieut. Lawrence VanAlstyne 19 Reg. Infty. Corps Di A Dec. 8, 1863". Carte views of VanAlstyne are extremely rare. Especially from his service with the 90th USCT. This one is a bit faint but a very hard view to find. $900.00

Item #58776 Neat pair of carte view attributed to Joseph D. Rosenblatt of New York. Joseph would initially muster with Company C of the 35th New York Volunteer Infantry in Elmira, New York on June 11, 1861. A two year regiment, he would serve the entire two years and be mustered out in early June, 1863. Four months later he would enlist once more. This time in the 20th New York Volunteer Cavalry serving in Company B. He would be present for duty from the time of his enlistment until July of 1864. That August he was detached to work as a clerk at regimental head quarters in Deer Creek, Virginia. He would remain in that position until November before returning to his regiment. Spring of 1865 would see him on detached duty once again working as the regimental mail carrier where he would remain from May until his discharge in that July. These two views date to his service with the 20th New York Cavalry. The first view shows Joseph dressed in uniform and posed next to a small table on which rests a large revolver. A period ink inscription on the reverse reads "J. D. Rosenbalt Troop B 20th N.Y.V.C Buffalo, N.Y.". It is back marked out of Norfolk, Virginia. This would have been taken while Joseph was on detached service working as the regimental clerk. The second view shows Joseph dressed in civilian attire. Presumably this was taken in January, 1865 when Joseph returned home on furlough for a month. A period ink inscription on the reverse of this view reads "Affectionately Yours Joseph D. Rosenblatt Co. B. 20th NY Cavalry". Nice pair of images with great id's. These do come with his service records and some additional paperwork. $295.00


Item #67754 Wonderful carte view of Colonel John Lord Otis of the 10th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Otis would be commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Company B late in October, 1861. His bravery on the field of battle would not go unnoticed by his superiors and he would quickly rise through the ranks. By the end of December, 1861 he had already been promoted twice and held the rank of captain. November, 1862 would see him receiving a promotion to major and eventually to colonel during the spring of 1863. A brevet promotion to brigadier general would come in March, 1865. He would be twice wounded. First at New Berne on March 14, 1862 and then again that same year at Kinston on December 14th. Otis would receive high praise for his actions at Petersburg. Eventually discharged in October, 1864 he would later be given the honor of writing the regimental history for the regiment. This view dates to just two months prior to his discharged, dated August, 1864 on the revenue stamp. Nice period ink signature on the reverse reading "J.L. Otis Col. 10th Regt C.V.". He has also written his home town of Manchester on the reverse. Back marked out of New Haven, Connecticut. Wonderful and hard to find view. $400.00


Item #45456 Carte view identified as Captain Joseph E. Skinner of Illinois with a face only a mother could love! In late April, 1861 Joseph would enlist in Company I of the 11th Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a 1st lieutenant. A 3 month regiment, he would be mustered out that July. Apparently afraid the war would end before he got to throw his punches, he readily enlisted in the 53rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry in October. He would join Company C as a 1st lieutenant and receive his promotion to captain on January 1, 1862. Joseph would be present for duty the entirety of 1862 up until November when he would resign his commission and receive an honorable discharge. The fact that he was 52 years of age by this time may have played a role in that decision. Soldiering is a young mans game for sure. Joseph is shown here standing with his arm resting on his hip and leaning on his drawn saber. A period pencil notation on the reverse reads "Capt Joseph E Skinner Ottawa, Ill". Joseph would spend his remaining years in Ottawa eventually passing in 1894. No back mark on this one. It does come with full service records and genealogical research. $110.00 SOLD


Item #46654 Extremely rare carte view of Confederate privateer John Yates Beall. There are only a handful of these known to exist. At the onset of war, Beall would enlist in the 2nd Virginia Infantry. In mid October, 1861 he would be detailed to transport a sick soldier to Jefferson County. While doing so he learned that Turner Ashby's troops were under attack in nearby Bolivar Heights. Beal immediately headed in that direction joining Ashby's men. He would lead a charge there which would result in a severe chest wound in the lungs. The wound would put an end to his infantry service. After a lengthy recovery Beall would travel to Richmond in January, 1863. There he met with Jefferson Davis and presented two proposals for the President of the Confederacy to consider. One plan was to sail to the Federal Prison located on Johnson's Island in Sandusky Bay of Lake Erie and free the prisoners there and form a independent military force. Davis dismissed the concept but accepted his idea of allowing Beall to conduct irregular naval operation in the Chesapeake Bay. Beall armed with about 20 men and a small canoe outfitted with a sail did prove successful. Destroying a light house, capturing several merchant ships carrying supplies and cutting a mooring cable to one submarine. After months of chasing the privateer, Union forces eventually caught Beall and his men. Thrown in irons and treated as pirates they would be imprisoned at Fort McHenry for a time before being moved to a ship anchored off Fort Monroe. They would be moved again to Point Lookout before being to to Union occupied City Point. Eventually he would find his way back to Richmond by way of a prisoner exchange. During the summer of 1864 he would head to Canada and there meet Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Thompson. Thompson had a similar plan to free Confederate prisoner's located on Johnson Island. Beall accepted and was tasked with leading the endeavor. On September 19, Beall and a crew of nineteen men disguised as civilian passengers seized the ferry Philo Parsons enroute to Sandusky Bay. They had planned to capture the gunboat Michigan once they entered the bay but the agents tasked with drugging the crew of the Michigan were apprehended and the plan fell apart. Beall and his party of raiders were forced to return to Canada. He would next join a band of men with plans to derail trains carrying Confederate prisoners. The plan failed and on December, 19th Beall was apprehended at Niagara Falls. He was tried for his failed mission to free Confederate prisoner's on Johnson's Island, spying and for attempting to derail trains carrying civilian passengers. Convicted of the charges he was moved to Fort Columbus in New York. Several extraordinary attempts were made to obtain a pardon for Beall including pleas to Lincoln. All failed and he was hung on February 24, 1865. His last words being "I protest against this execution. It is absolute murder. Brutal murder. I die in the service and defense of my country!". There are merely a handful of the view known to exist. He strikes a very spiteful gaze in this view. They are believed to have been taken while he was imprisoned at Fort Columbus to be given to friends and family. All known views are absent of any back mark as is the case here. Slightly trimmed along the bottom but this one is probably in the best condition of all the views I have seen. Extremely rare view! $2200.00

Item #44512 Carte view of Sergeant Alfred P. Stratton of the 147th New York Volunteer Infantry. Stratton would muster with Company G in mid September, 1863. He would first be wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. By June of that year he had returned to his regiment and was fighting in the trenches in front of Petersburg. It was here that he would be struck by a cannon ball just above the elbow which resulted in the amputation of both arms. There are a number of different views of Stratton. These were sold to help facilitate funds for his continued care and daily requirements. He would eventually be married in 1870 and have a son but would die 4 years later. A result of his wounding. He is shown here with a badge pinned to his breast and the number "147" pinned to his collar. A period pencil inscription on the reverse reads "Alfred P. Stratton Armless soldier. Chautauqua Co. New York". This one does come with a folder full of research material on Stratton as well as complete service records. $250.00

Item #89444 Wonderful carte view of this yank infantryman that has spent some time in the field. Seated in this plain wooden chair on a wood plank floor. This guy looks like he just walked in from picket duty. He wears his trousers tucked into a pair of cavalry boots to keep his trousers out of the mud. An Enfield rifle rests between his legs while he sports a well worn sack coat. A cartridge box is worn over the shoulder along with his US waist belt and cap box. The bayonet is housed in the scabbard with the socket seen jutting out. Based on a second known, partially identified view of this soldier, it is known that he served with Company F of the 14th Vermont Infantry. Unfortunately his exact identity was not included. A little more research my yield the information. Just slightly trimmed along the top. Back marked out of Camp Hamilton, Virginia. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #36667 Very nice carte view of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This is known as the "Floppy Tie" view. This view of Lee was taken sometime in 1864. Very nice view of the general with a lavender border produced post war. It is back marked by the Lee Photo Gallery which was located in Richmond. Super nice carte! $375.00 SOLD!

Item #34412 Very nice carte view of Libby Prison. This was originally photographed in 1863 by Charles Rees of Richmond. The prison itself was a former tobacco warehouse that was converted into a prison to house captured Federal officers. Shown in the foreground are a number of white canvas tents which served as shelter for the guards. A number of which can be seen at guard dressed in full uniforms. One of the men shown standing in the group of three men shown in front is purported to be the very disliked commandant of the facility, Dick Turner. Prisoners can be seen standing in the windows of the prison and seated outside the door. The Confederate flag flies above the roof. This is one of the better quality views I have seen of this carte. Generally that are out of focus or of very poor quality. This one is quite clear and well focused. No back mark but there is an old period pencil inscription on the reverse reading "Libby Prison". Very nice view. $425.00

Item #78766 Very nice carte view of a veteran cavalryman. Studio pose of this soldier as he rests on the table beside him. His jacket is worn with veteran stripes located on the forearms and wearing dark trousers. His slouch cap in hand. No back mark on this one, $65.00

Item #75122 Carte view of slave child Rebecca Huger. This view was part of a series of views of mullato children who had been former slaves. These views were sold to raise money for the education of freed slaves in New Orleans. Despite being white, her mother had been a slave and by that singular happenstance, Rebecca herself was born into slavery. Emancipated when New Orleans fell to Union forces, Rebecca along with 4 other white former slave children and three adults embarked on a tour of the Northern states to arouse sympathy for former slaves and to raise funds for their education. Rebecca was 11 years of age at the time of this photograph. Back marked out of New York and marked on the reverse "The net profits from the sale of these photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored people in the Department of the Gulf now under the command of General Banks". Mint card. $200.00



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 SALE PENDING!  

Item #55600 Carte view of 1st lieutenant and adjutant Charles P. Brown of the 15th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Charles would be commissioned into the field and staff of the 15th Connecticut in August, 1862. The regiments first action would come at Fredericksburg and then taking part in Burnside's miserable Mud March. Taking part in numerous expeditions, the Siege of Suffolk and the Battle of Wyse Fork in March, 1865 resulting in the majority of the regiment being captured. Charles appears to been among the lucky few who managed to escape capture. He would eventually be discharged in late June, 1865. He is shown here dressed in a tailored blouse with multiple pockets and wearing the rank of lieutenant. His slouch cap resting in his lap. This one is back marked out of New Haven by Wells & Collins. $120.00 


Item #33093 Carte view identified as Herman E. Smith of the 3rd New York Cavalry. Herman would muster with Company E. as a sergeant towards the end of August, 1861. Christmas Day, 1861 would see him receiving a promotion to quarter master sergeant. Herman would receive the 1st sergeants rank which he is shown wearing here on in January, 1861. A final promotion to 2nd lieutenant with Company D. in July, 1864. The regiment would be raised during the late summer of 1861 at Meridian Hill, Washington D.C. Initially tasked with the defense of Washington until April, 1862 when they would join the Army of the Potomac on campaign. The regiments first taste of battle would come at Petersburg. They would see action in 4 more major campaigns and numerous smaller skirmishes before wars end. Ream's Station, Deep Bottom, Yellow Tavern and lastly the battle of Jerusalem Plank Road to name a few. Herman would fall victim to a rebel's bullet on October 7, 1864 while engaged at Darbytown Road. A sermon in his memory would be given in his home town of Margaretville, New York on November 20th thus ending the life of Herman Smith. This view shows the cavalryman dressed in his service jacket with 1st sergeants rank and re-enforced cavalry trousers while holding his cap in hand. A period ink inscription on the reverse reads "Cousin Herman Smith NY Cavalry". Back marked by Taylor's Gallery. $400.00

Item #90092 Vignette carte view of a Massachusetts Federal infantry sergeant. Dressed in his infantry frock, he is complimented by a US waist belt and cartridge box sling over the shoulder. Sergeants chevrons can be seen worn on both sleeves. No id on this fellow but he is back marked out of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. $55.00

Item #66867 Carte view identified as Lieutenant Frank W. Keller of the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry. Raised during the late summer and early fall of 1864 for a 1 year term, Keller would be commissioned into Company D in September of that year. The regiment would spend the remainder of 1864 serving fatigue duty and drilling before joining the Army of the Potomac. February, 1865 would find them in line of battle behind a fortified position at Hatcher's Run but they would see no action. The regiments first real fight would come at Fort Steadman the following month. The men of the 208th would put up a stiff defense and suffer 4 men killed and 38 wounded. Keller would number among them. Mortally wounded during the fight he would succumb to the wound the following day. Seated pose of Keller dressed in his frock with lieutenant shoulder straps. This one has an old pencil inscription on the reverse reading "Frank Keler he was kill on the 25th of March 1865". Rare view. $450.00

Item #33411 Nice carte view identified as George F. McKnight of New York. George would be commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Battery G of the 1st New York Light Artillery in December, 1861. He would be discharged for a promotion to captain with the 12th New York Light Artillery in March, 1863. George would serve with the 12th until his discharge on December 26, 1864. Beautiful period ink signature on the reverse reading "Truly yours Geo. F. McKnight Capt. 12th N.Y. Battery". One slight piece of paper loss to the front but is does not detract. $125.00 SOLD!

Item #55657 Carte view identified as Henry B. Evans of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry. A former mariner, Henry would trade in his sea legs for a Federal infantry frock and soldering about on dry land rather than the sea. He would muster into Company A late in September, 1861. The regiment would see plenty of action. New Berne, Kinston, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and a slew of others. Henry would be captured on board the steamer "FAWN" on September 8, 1864. He would be exchanged that December, rejoin his regiment and continue to serve until being mustered out of service in June, 1865 at New Berne. Unique red border on this one which isn't typical. Some research documentation does accompany this view. $125.00


Item #79987 Nice carte view of Captain Rufus H. Ford of the 93rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Ford would muster as a corporal in Company H. beginning in October, 1862. He would receive promotions to sergeant, 1st sergeant and then to 1st lieutenant in August, 1864. He would receive a final promotion to captain in April, 1865. This view dates to his time serving as 1st lieutenant. No back mark on this one but it does have a blind stamp on the front from the photographer. Revenue stamp on the reverse. Hand signed in period ink by Ford. Nice view. $145.00

Item #89000 Carte view of an unidentified member of either the 95th Pennsylvania. Studio pose of this unknown soldier. He stands along side this elaborately carved Victorian chair. Dressed in the Zouave style jacket worn by the 95th Pennsylvania but there are a number of other identified views from the 95th taken in this studio. Presumably taken while on leave after re-enlisting. He wears the rank of sergeant here as well as a veterans have chevron worn on the forearm. The 95th would see extensive action during the war beginning in the spring of 1862, through the summer of 1865. They would lose 255 men during their service. This one is back marked out of Philadelphia by William Rhoads. $250.00 

Item #28766 Carte view of Captain Joseph Johnson Wagoner of the 19th U.S. Infantry. An Ohio native, Joseph would muster as a private in Company B during September, 1861. He would be quickly promoted to 1st sergeant before receiving a promotion to 2nd lieutenant two months later. A promotion to 1st lieutenant would come in September, 1862. For his actions during the Atlanta Campaign, Joseph would receive a brevet promotion to captain in September, 1864. December, 1864 would see him serving as quarter master before formally receiving a promotion to captain in June, 1865. He would receive a brevet promotion to major on the same day. Following the war he would continue to serve in the US Army until his death in September, 1866. This view has a nice period pencil inscription on the reverse reading "Joseph Johnson Wagoner Brevet Major, Captain 19th U.S.A". Back marked out of Detroit, Michigan. $135.00

Item #80998 Wonderful carte view identified as Thomas E. Cutter of the 35th Massachusetts Infantry. Cutter would muster as a corporal in Company B starting in August, 1862. He would receive promotions to quarter master sergeant, quartermaster and 1st lieutenant during his tenure with the regiment. His service would come to an end in June, 1865 when he was mustered out. Thomas is shown here wearing his lieutenants shoulder boards while serving as the regimental quartermaster. Beautiful period ink inscription on the reverse reading "Lt. Cutter R.Q.M. 35 Mass Before Petersburg, Va Mch 6/65". Back marked out of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Very nice view. $200.00

Item #89776 Beautiful carte view of 1st Lieutenant William Cutting Stockdale of the 17th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. William would initially muster as a private with Company H. on May 25, 1861. The next day he was promoted to 4th corporal. He would be present for duty through out the Western Theater from May, 1861 through July, 1862. Promoted to 3rd sergeant in January, 1862. To sergeant major in April, 1862 and then to 2nd lieutenant just a few days later. His promotion to 1st lieutenant would come shortly thereafter. From July, 1862 up until October of that year he would be on detached duty working as a recruiting officer. In December he would begin serving as Acting Adjutant for the regiment. On May 27, 1863 William would receive a foot wound while engaged during the Siege of Port Gibson and take a month to recover. He would return to the regiment in July and remain there until November when he was once again on detached duty working as a recruiting officer. William would return to the regiment during the spring of 1864 and remain there until being mustered out of service in June, 1864. Beautiful view of William casually wearing his frock unbuttoned with the rank of lieutenant. Wonderfully clear image as the eagle buttons are plainly visible. Embroidered "US" insignia on the front of the cap. This one has a nice period ink inscription along the front bottom reading "Yours Truly Wm. C. Stockdale". No back mark on this one however. It does comes with a large folder full of research material. Wonderful view. $275.00 

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 shouldered 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 #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

Item #77681 Signed carte view identified as Surgeon Charles B. Tompkins of Illinois. Tompkins would initially enlist in Company H of the 17th Illinois Infantry as a corporal in late May, 1861. He would receive a promotion to assistant surgeon and then a promotion to surgeon in July, 1863. He would remain in that position until the regiment was mustered out of service in June, 1864. That December he would enlist with the 55th Illinois Infantry and receive a commission as surgeon of the regiment. Tompkins would be present with the regiment for the duration of their service until being discharged in August, 1865. While with the 17th Illinois I am sure Tompkins skills would be tested. The regiment would be engaged during the Battle of Shiloh and suffer severely with a 130 men killed or wounded in that battle alone. They would fight in a number of other engagements as well. The 55th would see action in a considerable number of engagements as well right up until the end of the war. This one has a nice period ink inscription across the front bottom reading "Yours Truly C. B. Tompkins" This view would date to his time with the 55th Illinois. It is back marked out of Memphis Tennessee. The regiment would move to Memphis late in September, 1864 and see service in the vicinity. Slightly trimmed. This one does come with a folder full of research material. $150.00

Item #89009 Extremely rare carte view of all identified members of the Iron Brigade band. The center focal point of this carte view a photograph of all the band members instruments. It is then surrounded by vignette views of each band member. The reverse of the card then has a period ink inscription identifying each member with a notation "Band of 1st Brig. 3rd Division. 5th C.". The band was made up of members from the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin as well as the 19th Indiana Infantry and 24th Michigan Infantry. At Gettysburg on July 1st, James Sullivan of the 6th Wisconsin noted, "On July 1, with Gettysburg in sight, the Brigade band struck up "Red, White and Blue". When fire broke out the band swung out to one side and began "Yankee Doodle" in double quick time and "Forward, double quick!" sang out Colonel Rufus Dawes and the battle commenced". Later that day the band members would work as nurses and stretcher bearers tending to the wounded. This one has a desirable back mark by Gettysburg photographers Tyson's Brother and bears a cancelled tax stamp dated 1864. This one also comes with the book "An Irishman in the Iron Brigade" written by James Sullivan. This one is slightly faded on the front but the inscriptions on the reverse are nice and bold and very legible. Very rare carte view of one of the most recognizable units of the war! $1350.00

  Item #55132 Carte view identified as Lieutenant James Newton Dickson of the famed 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry better known by their moniker, "Rush's Lancers". At the outbreak of war James would muster into the "Commonwealth Artillery" of Philadelphia as a corporal. Shortly afterwards he would be commissioned into Company A of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry beginning in October, 1861 as a 2nd lieutenant. He would be promoted to 1st lieutenant and Commissary of Field Subsistence in April, 1862. A promotion to captain would come on March 1, 1863. James would serve with the regiment all through the Peninsular Campaign. He would be present at all of the major battles in which the regiment would be engaged starting with Yorktown. South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and more would be added to the list of engagements. During the Stoneman's Raid he was credited with capturing a captain with the 48th Mississippi Infantry. He would however resign in January, 1864. Apparently the idleness of sitting on the sidelines while a war raged got the better of him and he would take a commission as a lieutenant with the 3rd U.S. Artillery for a short time. This one is signed on the back in Dickson's hand. Very nice view of this officer from a hard fought and famous unit. $300.00                       

Item #37634 Set of two carte views of the same soldier. Unfortunately he is not identified. He is shown to the right dressed in his military frock. The second view shows him dressed in civilian attire. A 2nd Corps badge is pinned to his jacket below another badge. Possibly of Masonic significance. A badge is also pinned to the lapel of his jacket. The first is back marked out of Philadelphia. The other out of Washington D.C. $100.00

Item #36633 Carte view identified as Captain William Hoit Nash. William would enlist as a 1st lieutenant in early March, 1862. In November of that year he would be promoted to captain and commissioned into the US Volunteers Commissary Department where he would spend the entire war. He would receive a brevet to major in March, 1865 and would be discharged near the end of 1865. William would have subsequent service in the United States Army from 1865 until his eventual retirement from the service in 1898. This view is hand signed by Nash along the front bottom reading "W. H. Nash Capt & C.S.". Back marked out of Cincinnati. $125.00

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 #19090 Post war cabinet card of this unidentified sailor. Dressed in this double breasted frock which bears post war navy buttons. A post war GAR badge is pinned to the breast of the coat as well. This one is marked by Levilly & Co. which was an Indiana photographer. Crystal clear view. $65.00

Item #58851 Rare carte view of Colonel Charles William Tilden of both the 2nd Maine and 16th Maine Infantry. Tilden would be commissioned a 1st lieutenant in the 2nd Maine Infantry near the end of May, 1861. Promoted to captain in June, 1861. A year later he would be discharged for a promotion to lieutenant colonel in the 16th Maine. In January, 1863 he would make a full colonel. Tilden was an exceptional leader, extremely intelligent and courageous to a fault. He would see his first action during the First Battle of Bull Run. His courageous nature would come to light during the battle as he volunteered to retrieve fallen men from the field while Confederate sharpshooters were still firing at men on the field. After the battle Tilden was sent home to Maine to raise the 16th Maine Infantry who he would later command. On July 1st at Gettysburg Tilden was given orders to "blunt the attack" of Confederate troops who were streaming in from Harrisburg. Ordered to hold their position at all costs to allow other Federal regiments to retreat from the field, the 16th basically became the sacrificial lamb of the Federal Army. With no hope of support or reinforcements it was a suicide mission. Surrounded on all four sides the 16th stubbornly fought on. The regiment would suffer an 81% casualty rate. Only 40 men remained of the 275 engaged. Tilden and the remainder of his men would be captured. He would be confined at Macon, Georgia and then Columbia, South Carolina before making his escape through a tunnel and returning to his regiment. Tilden would be captured again at Petersburg but would once more manage to escape and return to his men. Brevetted to brigadier general in March, 1865 he would continue to serve up until June of that year before eventually receiving his discharge. This view dates to his time with the 2nd Maine. His cap is seen resting on the table beside him with the numeral "2" pinned to the cap. Back marked out of Bangor, Maine. Seldom seen view of this hero of Gettysburg. $650.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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. 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 #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 #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



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