[CIVIL WAR]. BARNARD, George N., photographer. The Slave Market, Atlanta, Ga. New York: E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., [ca 1864].

7 x 3 1/2 in. stereoview (light wear to edges and corners, discoloration to verso paper label). Series title, photograph title, and publisher's imprint on paper label affixed to verso. Provenance: Henry J. Bardwell (period ink inscription to verso, see below).

George N. Barnard (1819-1902) captured this scene as a Union Army photographer during the occupation of Atlanta under General Sherman. Crawford, Frazer & Co. operated an auction and slave trading business (featured here) at 8 Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia during the war. A seated gentleman, possibly a US Colored Troops soldier, appears just outside the storefront with a rifle propped beside him.

Sergeant Henry J. Bardwell enlisted as a private on 7 September 1861 and was mustered into Company D of the 27th Massachusetts Infantry two weeks later. He joined Burnside's North Carolina Expedition of 1862 (serving aboard the US Steamer Pilot Boy off Hatteras in February) and performed signal duty at the Battle of Fredericksburg that December. The following year, Bardwell was officially transferred to the US Army Signal Corps in August, and participated in the siege of Knoxville in November. After the war, he was a member of multiple GAR posts in Massachusetts and held office as a post commander in Boston before dying in June of 1923.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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