November 19, 2020 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


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CDV of Baton Rouge Landing, Incl. View of the Steamer Empire Parish, Plus

Lot of 3 CDVs, including view of Baton Rouge port. Uncredited but believed to be by McPherson & Oliver: Baton Rouge, LA, ca 1863. With verso inscription to recto, "View along the Levee, looking up river. The wagons are in front of the Post Qr. Masters, and are at the corner of a street that leads straight to the camp of Co. A 50th Mass." The Steamer Empire Parish can be seen on the landing; with view of the Riverboat Nymph and an image of a lithograph showing a large line of boats on the Red River, with massed infantry and wagons disembarking in the foreground. Each credited to A.D. Lytle: Baton Rouge, LA, ca 1862-1863.

The 50th Massachusetts Infantry left New York on December 11, 1862 and Company A arrived in Baton Rouge on February 6, 1863. From there, the 50th MA would go on to participate extensively in the Port Hudson campaign. A report from Lieutenant Commander Roe of the USS Katahdin to Commander James Alden in Baton Rouge about the Empire Parish on December 29, 1862, states that, "the Empire Parish is exceptionable and suspicious; and being so near to you, instead of sending her to New Orleans, as you directed, I concluded to send her directly to you."

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography

Condition:

Toning to each carte. Baton Rouge port view with inscription has very good tonality. 

CDVs of Nymph and drawing with some surface soiling, corner/edge wear to mounts. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$281
11/19/2020

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