November 19, 2020 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


CDVs of Mississippi River Squadron Vessels, USS Choctaw, Lafayette, and Avenger

Lot of 3 CDVs of Mississippi River Squadron vessels. A.D. Lytle: Baton Rouge, LA, 1864-1865. Includes views of ironclads USS Lafayette and USS Choctaw. Originally built as a side-wheel steamer in 1848 as Aleck Scott, the Lafayette (renamed in September 1862) was converted to an ironclad ram and transferred to the Navy with the entire western flotilla by executive order in October 1862. After being commissioned at Cairo, IL, in February 1863, the Lafayette took part in David Dixon Porter’s run past Vicksburg’s Confederate batteries on April 16, 1863, and joined in the bombardment of Grand Gulf, MS, on April 21-29. She also sailed in a preliminary expedition up the Red River in May 1864, and the June 1865 Red River expedition that led to the capture of CSS Missouri.

The one-off sidewheel steamer USS Choctaw was commissioned in March 1863. Purchased by the Army in September 1862, the former merchant vessel was converted into an ironclad ram before transferring to Navy control at St. Louis. Streaming up the Yazoo she engaged Confederate batteries at Haynes' Bluff between April 29 and May 1, 1863 being struck no less than 53 times. Choctaw remained on station and contributed to the destruction of the Confederate works and navy yard at Yazoo City later in the month. In June she joined in repelling an attack at Milliken's Bend rescuing a number of Confederates from the river and taking them prisoner. During the spring of 1864 she was engaged in operations that preceded the capture of Fort DeRussy. Choctaw was decommissioned  in July 1865 and sold out of service in March 1866. 

CDV of the USS Avenger, which was a side-wheel steam ram constructed by the Army but turned over to the Navy in 1864 to be used as a gunboat. Assigned to the Mississippi Squadron, the Avenger played a major role in the Red River Campaign. 

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


Avenger CDV with rich tones. Even toning and some soiling, particularly along edges of print and mount. Edge/corner wear to mount. 

Lafayette CDV with rich tones. Damage to print along right edge, including loss near lower right corner, with lower right corner of print partially separated from mount. Some soiling/spotting in margins of print and mount. 

Choctaw CDV with rich tones, some surface soiling. Light corner/edge wear to mount. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
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