Lot 21    

O.J. Smith CDVs of an Hospital Garden in Newbern, North Carolina
6/23/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
Lot of 6 cdvs. Images include 6 unidentified gentlemen, all trimmed top and bottom (one fairly severely); one copy of a lithograph of Tyron Palace, New Bern; and two arched-top horizontal images of men in a garden. On verso of one in pencil is Dr. Page, George Page, A.H. Gage, G.C. Gage, M. Spent(?), Mr. Conner with lima(?) and pea patch garden New Bern N.C.; other with Dr. J.W. Page, George Page, in the Garden at New Bern NC.

Formed early in the Civil War in the North, Sanitary Commissions grew out of the Women's Central Association of Relief, which in turn formed because women, although they could not fight, wanted to contribute something to the war effort. One of the primary tasks of the United States Sanitary Commission, formed as a voluntary organization in May 1861 by Abraham Lincoln (albeit somewhat reluctantly) was to inquire into the subjects of diet, clothing, cooks, camping grounds, in fact everything connected with the prevention of disease among volunteer soldiers....

It had long been known that fresh fruits and vegetables could prevent many diseases, including scurvy (as any "limey" on the high seas could tell you). A few of those had relatively long shelf lives (apples, onions, potatoes), but most had to reach troops in the field much more quickly to be beneficial. As Union troops entered the war-torn South, supply lines became more uncertain. (Indeed, the lack of supply lines in many places contributed to the loss by the South.) How to get fresh food to the troops, especially those hospitalized with disease or injuries? In spring of 1863, it was suggested that "hospital gardens" might be the answer. Convalescent soldiers, freed slaves, prisoners of war could all be put to work growing fresh food for the hospitals. The idea spread quickly. In the Sanitary Commission's Bulletin of April 1864, Dr. J.W. Page noted that "gardens and garden-plots are springing up in every part of the service." (Waide, 2010) The Manuscripts and Archives Division of NYPL had journals and documents tracing the production of the garden at New Bern. They note the amount produced of peas, beans, squash, melons, corn, okra, and more. They also tracked recipients, who included more than the hospital at New Bern. The list expanded to include local regiments and ships, Signal and Ambulance Corps, and the Band. Civilian needs also were taken into consideration, especially African-American refugees and orphans.

O.J. Smith had his "Union Photographic Room" in New Bern. All of these cdvs have Smith's backmark.

Clearly these images were taken to show the "Pride of New Bern."

Reference: Waide, Susan. United States Sanitary Commission Processing Project: Harvests for Health. New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division, 2 December 2010. [www.nypl.org/blog/2010/12/02/ussc-processing-project-harvests-health]


Condition:  
Each portrait of gentleman trimmed top and bottom (one fairly severely); other than the trimming of the portraits, Tryon Palace is slightly toned. The two USSC images are excellent.
Sold: $0.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Ft. Assiniboine & Wolf Point, Montana Territory Stereoviews by F. Jay Haynes
Lot # 295 - Ft. Assiniboine & Wolf Point, Montana Territory Stereoviews by F. Jay Haynes
Lot of 7 stereoviews from F. Jay Haynes' Northern Pacific Views Series. Includes the following views of Ft. Assiniboine while under construction, titled in the negatives: 640. Freight Train, showing oxen trains loaded with construction materials and a line of Red River carts in front of the warehous... > Item Details
Civil War Diaries and Archive of Alexander S. Paxton, Co. I, Virginia 4th Infantry, Liberty Hall Volunteers
Lot # 92 - Civil War Diaries and Archive of Alexander S. Paxton, Co. I, Virginia 4th Infantry, Liberty Hall Volunteers
AMs, 6 diaries, 10 photos, 6 related items, plus 7 ALsS from Tapscott family in California, 1926-1959. Of all the units raised in colleges for military service during the Civil War -- the Harvard Regiment, the Mississippi Grays -- none amassed a more distinguished record than the Liberty Hall Volunt... > Item Details
Early Missouri Burrough-Henderson Family Papers, 1815-1912
Lot # 215 - Early Missouri Burrough-Henderson Family Papers, 1815-1912
Approx. 430 items. An attorney, city official, and officer of the Normal School, and all around prominent citizen of Cape Girardeau, Jacob H. Burrough left this diverse correspondence documenting the transition of the Mississippi Valley during the era of Mark Twain, as it grew from a rough hewn fron... > Item Details
Burton and Rix Family archive, 1680-1868, Including War of 1812 Content
Lot # 217 - Burton and Rix Family archive, 1680-1868, Including War of 1812 Content
135 letters, 49 receipts, and one document box. A strong antebellum correspondence, largely from Connecticut and Western New York State, the Burton and Rix family archive offers valuable insight into a New England family as they were lured westward for new opportunities, and on their mercantile acti... > Item Details
Mounted Albumen of Field Gun & Crew by Brady
Lot # 36 - Mounted Albumen of Field Gun & Crew by Brady
With Brady/Washington imprint, trimmed to 2.75 x 4.125 in. A staged outdoor view of a full Union artillery crew working a 10 lb Parrot Rifle, the muzzle pointed menacingly at the camera. Horses and the mounted handlers of the gun limber are directly behind a flank marker. This photograph from Brad... > Item Details
Winfield Scott Autographed CDV
Lot # 48 - Winfield Scott Autographed CDV
A cdv portrait of Winfield Scott, published by Anthony after Brady, with Anthony's New York backmark, featuring inked inscription below image Winfield Scott, 1861, plus the following inked inscription on verso: For My friend - Miss Cornelius King, to whose grandfather, father & uncles, I have owed, ... > Item Details
Three Fine Civil War Photographs Illustrating Camp Life
Lot # 29 - Three Fine Civil War Photographs Illustrating Camp Life
Lot of 3 anonymous albumen photographs possibly printed during the war and mounted later. Each approx. 5 x 7.5 in., mounted on stiff blue card stock, approx. 9 x 12 in. Direct contact positives, possibly printed during the war and mounted later. Includes a close portrait of a Yank washing clothing i... > Item Details
[NEWSPAPER] <i>The Southern Illustrated News</i>, September 1862 to July 1864
Lot # 224 - [NEWSPAPER] The Southern Illustrated News, September 1862 to July 1864
Bound folio, in marbled paper with half-leather. Present are Vol. 1, Nos. 1-42 (Sept. 1862 through June 1863); Vol. 2, Nos. 1-25 (July through December 1863); and Vol. 3, Nos. 1-20, 22-24 (Jan. through July 1964). The last three numbers are 4 pages each rather than the eight pages of earlier numbers... > Item Details
CSA Broadside Issued by Brig. Gen. Echols to Citizens of Southwest Virginia, 1864
Lot # 100 - CSA Broadside Issued by Brig. Gen. Echols to Citizens of Southwest Virginia, 1864
A Confederate broadside from the Head Quarters Dep'ts W. Va. & East Tenn., Dublin, Va., Sept. 5, 1864. General Orders No._, calling the immediate attention of the Commanding Officers to frequent complaints of depredations having been committed upon the property of citizens of South Western Va. and E... > Item Details
Apache Cabinet Card Photographs by Baker and Johnston
Lot # 329 - Apache Cabinet Card Photographs by Baker and Johnston
Lot of 2, both albumen prints on orange cabinet mounts. One is inscribed in the recto margins of the mount Jack Crawford The Poet Scout. 1886 and Capt. McDonald 4th Cav and shows the two, McDonald armed with an 1873 Springfield Carbine and Crawford with a Marlin, among six Apaches posed with '73 Tr... > Item Details
Important Quarter Plate Ambrotype of Identified Western Surveyor
Lot # 176 - Important Quarter Plate Ambrotype of Identified Western Surveyor
A fine ambrotype portrait of a young man, with faint pencil inscription on paper lining of case that reads Pierre L. Gibbs in his surveying shirt, ready to start on an expedition to cross Panama on survey train. The 1860 Census lists P.L. Gibbs as a 25-year-old surveyor living in Denver, Arapaho, Ka... > Item Details
Civil War Confederate Hand-Drawn Map, <i>Bombardment of Forts Jackson & St. Philip</i>, April 1862
Lot # 87 - Civil War Confederate Hand-Drawn Map, Bombardment of Forts Jackson & St. Philip, April 1862
On the back of 8.5 x 14 in. (legal) sheet, printed on verso with date of 1859 and printed name of W.O. Denegre, Assistant City Attorney crossed out (he served in that position from 1858-1860 before being elected City Attorney in 1860). Hand-drawn map of the river with title Bombardment of Forts Jack... > Item Details
<i>Estufa at Santo Domingo</i> Photograph by Grace Nicholson
Lot # 334 - Estufa at Santo Domingo Photograph by Grace Nicholson
Warm-toned silver gelatin photograph with handwritten inscription on verso Estufa - Ceremonial House - at Santa[sic] Domingo - Pueblo - N.M., 9 x 11.5 in. Grace Nicholson (active 1902-1915) a California dealer in American Indian art at the turn-of-the-century, used photography to document the pieces... > Item Details
34-Star Mourning Flag for Lincoln's Assassination, Owned by Cpl. James Cowan, 34th MA Inf.
Lot # 151 - 34-Star Mourning Flag for Lincoln's Assassination, Owned by Cpl. James Cowan, 34th MA Inf.
Lot of 2, featuring a silk flag bound with black fabric, 5 x 7 in., with 34 printed stars configured in the shape of a single star and 13 printed stripes. Accompanied by a note inked on an envelope that reads I bound this little flag for James after the assassination of President Lincoln in April 18... > Item Details
Alexander Stephens' Copies of Grant & Lee's Appomattox Papers
Lot # 71 - Alexander Stephens' Copies of Grant & Lee's Appomattox Papers
11.5 x 14.74 in., originally folded, four page letter sheet of typically poor southern paper. Written in an unknown manuscript hand, this sheet contains three of the most important communications of the Civil War. The first quarter panel contains Grant's surrender proposal to Lee; the second panel ... > Item Details
<i>Great Western Steamer, 1839</i> Presentation Knife
Lot # 233 - Great Western Steamer, 1839 Presentation Knife
10 in. blade, marked on blade Moore Tichbornes, 19 in. overall. Deer foot handle with American, unmarked coin silver shoe plaque that reads From New York / By the Great Western Steamer 1839 Presented by Earl O'Neill. No information regarding an Earl O'Neill related to the Great Western steamer could... > Item Details
US Civil War European Import Short Swords
Lot # 118 - US Civil War European Import Short Swords
Lot of 3. These short swords are imported for the Civil War. First is a French 18.5 in. Gladius-style artillery sword; second a French D-guard cutlass with a 23 in. blade with scabbard; and third is a post-war Spanish artillery D-guard sword with a 27.25 in. blade. > Item Details
Confederate Raider Harry Gilmor Fine Imperial Photograph
Lot # 41 - Confederate Raider Harry Gilmor Fine Imperial Photograph
A large format albumen photograph of Maryland Partisan Ranger, Harry Gilmor, dressed in uniform with a sword in his hand, unmarked, 9.25 x 12.5 in., matted and framed, 15 x 18.25 in. Gilmor was a scout and raider operating in the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland between the areas patrolled by ... > Item Details
Bolt of 39-Star American Flags
Lot # 154 - Bolt of 39-Star American Flags
Bolt includes 12 complete 39-star flags printed on cotton. Each flag features a 7/6/7/6/7/6 star pattern on canton, and measures 16 x 12 in.; 101 x 62 in. overall. With the name Wiegand inked along top left edge of bolt. > Item Details
US Civil War Bayonets Lot of Five
Lot # 119 - US Civil War Bayonets Lot of Five
Lot includes two sabre bayonets, first with a 20" blade and scabbard. Inspected by RH. Second is a 20" blade, no scabbard; has inspector's mark but can't make it out. Third are two Martini-Peabody bayonets with a 22" blades and scabbards. Lastly is a .58 cal. socket bayonet with a 18" blade. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: