A mixed group of of 57 military and civilian CDVs from an album, now missing, descended from William Crovatt of Brunswick, Georgia to his son, Judge Alfred J.Crovatt (1858-1926), to his daughter, Mary Lee Crovatt Hambidge (1885-1973), who founded the Hambidge Center for Arts & Sciences, an art commune and cultural center established in 1934, from which the group was consigned.
The album comprises twenty-eight civilian views including two tintypes, many identified, along with eighteen common lithographs of Confederate Generals with an intriguing mix of both Confederate and Union military subjects, several of whom were civil/military engineers. Also present is a fine period ink portrait of Jefferson Davis, 2.5 x 4.25 in., unsigned on paper.
The generals are: Johnson (2 different), Van Dorn, Wheeler, Johnston, A.P. Hill, R.E. Lee, Stuart, Hood, N.B. Forrest, Beauregard (2 different), Longstreet, Morgan, Jackson, Jefferson, Davis, and Fitzhugh Lee.
There are three noteworthy Confederate views, the first being a fine CDV of lesser known Brigadier General John Stuart “Cerro Gordo” Williams, a former regular Mexican War veteran who commanded a cavalry brigade under Wheeler. Next is a 2.5 x 4. in. albumen mounted on thin stock of an anonymous Confederate lieutenant posing with sword. The fact that the sword is a US M1850 foot officer pattern on a US belt rig with rectangular eagle belt plate suggests that the young officer is a POW. Very faint writing in pencil is discernable on the back but all that can be made is the word To at the beginning and the date 1862 at the end. Last is a group of three identified CDVs of Confederate engineer officers wearing civilian clothing from the immediate post-war. One is a portrait identified as Capt. Yates Levi (or Lori?), not found. A tall, lanky officer is pencil identified as Jno Postell/Capt. Eng. CSA. A third CDV is a group shot ink identified on back as, Ridgely Goodwin 1, John Postell 2, Clavius Phillips 3. Goodwin is listed as a 1st Lieutenant and staff officer while Phillips had service in Co. E., 2nd CS Engineer Regiment. The association is unknown.
The lot further includes four Union officers including a common Brady view of Major General William Ferrero wearing a prominent 9th Corps badge, a dapper looking unidentified first lieutenant staff officer with M1860 Staff and thigh high boots, and a officer vignette ink signed, Your Friend/D. ? Coughton/1st lt. 1st N.C. Vols.,U.S.A., not found in the Volunteer Register.
Lastly, two vignettes having Boston back marks of Lt. Colonel Charles Lyon Chandler, 57th Massachusetts who was KIA at North Anna River on May 24, 1864. Lyon had prior service as an officer in both the 1st and 34th Massachusetts and by avocation was a civil engineer.
AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Although the autographed cdv of Major General Benjamin Cheatham, pictured in image four, was initially housed in this album, it is now listed on its own as lot 36 in this auction.
Descended in the Family of Mary Crovatt Hambidge
Condition: The CDVs are uniformly G+. with varying degrees of light wear and soiling.