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
<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
African American Double Lynching in Marion, Indiana, Real Photo Postcard
Lot # 159 - African American Double Lynching in Marion, Indiana, Real Photo Postcard
Ca 1930 real photo postcard depicting the lynching of African Americans Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, which took place on August 7, 1930 in Marion, IN. They had been arrested and charged with robbing and murdering a white factory worker and raping his girlfriend. The night of the lynching, with the ... > Item Details
Sixth Plate Tintype of Armed Virginia Volunteer
Lot # 11 - Sixth Plate Tintype of Armed Virginia Volunteer
An early war view of an unidentified sleepy-eyed private armed with Hall Patent Rifle, reversed bayonet, and belted M1849 Colt revolver. Under magnification the short collared uniform coat with pleated front appears to be of coarse texture secured by plain metal or bone buttons. Note the oil cloth... > Item Details
<i>For Magicians Only</i>, Signed by Several Popular Stage Magicians
Lot # 223 - For Magicians Only, Signed by Several Popular Stage Magicians
The book is Waller, Charles. For Magicians Only. Los Angeles: F.G. Thayer, 1923. 12mo, blue cloth with gilt lettering front and spine, 146pp. Book belonged to Floyd Stevens, the "Hadji." The pastedowns and endpapers (about 12 pages) are covered with over 125 autographs of amateur and professional ma... > Item Details
Charles J. Belden Photograph of a Sheep Camp
Lot # 268 - Charles J. Belden Photograph of a Sheep Camp
Silver gelatin photograph, unmarked, but by Charles Belden, providing a distant view of a sheep camp, with a sheep wagon at lower right, most likely taken in Wyoming, ca 1910s-1940s, 20 x 16 in. Charles J. Belden (1888-1963) was born in San Francisco into a wealthy California family. He developed a ... > Item Details
Painting Horse, Arapaho Cabinet Card Photographs by Baker and Johnston
Lot # 323 - Painting Horse, Arapaho Cabinet Card Photographs by Baker and Johnston
Lot of 2, each ca 1885 albumen prints on orange cabinet mounts with Baker & Johnston's List of Indian Pictures imprinted on verso, and both inscribed 50 on the print, corresponding to the title Painting Horse, which is also penciled in the recto margin of one mount. Painting Horse stands wearing 45... > Item Details
Timothy O'Sullivan Albumen Photograph, <i>The Halt</i>, 1864
Lot # 24 - Timothy O'Sullivan Albumen Photograph, The Halt, 1864
Albumen photograph with the following information printed on mount below image: Negative by T.H. O'Sullivan / Positive by A. Gardner / No. 50 / The Halt / May, 1864, 7 x 9 in., matted, framed, and glazed, 22 x 25 in. The Halt was one of the 100 photos published in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book ... > Item Details
Gorham Foundry Abraham Lincoln Bronze Bust by George Bissell
Lot # 200 - Gorham Foundry Abraham Lincoln Bronze Bust by George Bissell
George Bissell (American, 1839-1920), signed Geo. E. Bissell / Sc / Copyright on back of bust with Gorham Co. Founders mark and Q47 inscribed; ht. 18 in. > Item Details
Rare Samuel Fassett CDV of Abraham Lincoln, Plus
Lot # 196 - Rare Samuel Fassett CDV of Abraham Lincoln, Plus
Lot of 2, including a vignetted portrait of Lincoln, no backmark, originally taken in Chicago, IL, Oct. 4, 1859 at the Cooke & Fassett gallery, [Ostendorf, O-16]; plus a cdv titled "The Entrance" Oak Ridge Cemetary, with F.W. Ingmire's Springfield, IL backmark. This view captures the entrance to the... > Item Details
Civil War Photographs of Union Troops in the Field
Lot # 27 - Civil War Photographs of Union Troops in the Field
Lot of 5 anonymous albumen photographs. Each measures approx. 5 x 7.75 in., mounted on stiff blue card stock, approx. 9 x 12 in. Direct contact positives, possibly printed during the war and mounted later. Includes 2 photographs of members of the 170th New York Infantry, as identified in pencil on v... > Item Details
Colonel Joseph C. Audenried's Diary and Letters From 1866 Tour of Western Forts
Lot # 64 - Colonel Joseph C. Audenried's Diary and Letters From 1866 Tour of Western Forts
Diary titled Diary of a Journey on the Plains with General Sherman in 1866, plus 16 long letters. Though exhausted by fighting, Sherman continued in the military, accepting the command of the Military Division of the Mississippi and later the Military Division of the Missouri, which included all ter... > Item Details
Civil War Archive of Isaac Kilmer, 129th Indiana Infantry, DOD
Lot # 77 - Civil War Archive of Isaac Kilmer, 129th Indiana Infantry, DOD
Lot of 25, including 23 soldiers’ letters. Organized in the winter 1863-1864 for three years service in the Civil War, the 129th Indiana Infantry was ordered into the field in April 1864 and within a month, had plunged into the thick of the Atlanta Campaign. After being engaged at Resaca, Cassville... > Item Details
Professional Cowgirl Lucyle Richards Archive of Photographs and Related Artifacts
Lot # 351 - Professional Cowgirl Lucyle Richards Archive of Photographs and Related Artifacts
35 items acquired from the personal archive of Lucyle Richards. Born in Pushmataha Co., OK ca 1909, Richards began performing at local rodeos at the age of 13. By the 1930s, Richards was considered one of the most beautiful of all of the professional cowgirls. She became a rodeo star in 1929 in Col.... > Item Details
Joseph Hooker Autographed CDV as Major General
Lot # 47 - Joseph Hooker Autographed CDV as Major General
A cdv portrait of Joseph Hooker, with C.D. Fredericks & Co. New York backmark, and inked inscription below image Joseph Hooker / Maj. Gen. "Fighting Joe" Hooker (1814-1879) ascended to command the Army of the Potomac in the wake of McClellan’s dismissal and was in turn replaced by Meade following Ch... > Item Details
<i>Sitting Bull's Family</i>, Large Format Photograph by Barry
Lot # 312 - Sitting Bull's Family, Large Format Photograph by Barry
An albumen photograph featuring the printed caption Sitting Bull's Family, with Barry's copyright below title and West Superior, WI imprint on mount, 7.25 x 9.25 in., 8 x 10 in. overall. > Item Details
Charles J. Belden Photograph of Horse-Drawn Wagons Transporting Supplies
Lot # 274 - Charles J. Belden Photograph of Horse-Drawn Wagons Transporting Supplies
Silver gelatin photograph with backstamp Photo Copyright by Charles J. Belden Z/T Ranch Pitchfork, Wyoming, and penciled No. 117 on verso, depicting a line of horse-drawn wagons carrying supplies along a Wyoming trail, ca 1910s-1940s, 12.25 x 8.25 in. image, 16 x 12 in. overall. Charles J. Belden (1... > Item Details
<i>Buffalo Bill & the 101 Ranch</i> Poster by Strobridge Litho Co.
Lot # 340 - Buffalo Bill & the 101 Ranch Poster by Strobridge Litho Co.
Previously unknown combined half-sheet posters, chromolithographed with headings "Buffalo Bill" (Himself) and the 101 Ranch Shows Combined (first poster) and The Military Pageant "Preparedness" / Miller & Arlington Wild West Show Co., (Inc.) (second poster). First poster with a depiction of Col. Wm.... > 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
Early Alaska Boudoir Photographs, Including <i>Winter & Pond</i> and <i>F. Jay Haynes & Bro.</i>
Lot # 242 - Early Alaska Boudoir Photographs, Including Winter & Pond and F. Jay Haynes & Bro.
Lot of 12 photographs, primarily of the Alaskan landscape, and cities and towns. Includes the following Winter & Pond photographs, titled in the negatives: Chief Shake's Totem Poles, Fort Wrangel, and Potlatch at Kok-wol-too village, Chilkat River, Alaska, each copyrighted 1895, with photographers' ... > Item Details
Little Bighorn Battlefield Photograph, Plus Related Prints Attributed to Fred Miller
Lot # 290 - Little Bighorn Battlefield Photograph, Plus Related Prints Attributed to Fred Miller
Lot of 3 photographs, including the following: a view of the Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument overlooking the graves spread across the battlefield, 6.5 x 4.75 in., mounted on cardstock, 9 x 7 in.; a photo with inked inscription below Big Horn Ditch Head Gate - Front View, 6.75 x 4.5 in., mounted ... > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: