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Civil War CDV Album Containing Portraits of Southern Politicians, Confederate Officers and Soldiers, Spies, and Other Personalities

Album, 5.5 x 6.75 in., gilt identification to "Mother" on front cover, containing 47 CDVs, of which approx. 33 are cartes of Confederate generals, officers, and other enlisted men, many identified. The remaining portraits include CSA President Jefferson Davis (2); his wife Varina Davis; a portrait of four Davis children; CSA Vice President Alexander Stevens; and notorious Confederate spy Belle Boyd. Several cartes bear the imprint of Brady/Anthony, but southern studios such as Bowdoin, Taylor & Co. of Alexandria, VA, Hall & Co's of Nashville, TN, Tucker & Perkins of Augusta, GA, Quinby & Co. of Charleston, SC, and C.M. Van Orsdell of Wilmington, NC are also credited. 

Confederate generals include Robert E. Lee; Joseph Johnston; P.G.T. Beauregard; J.E.B. Stuart (2); A.P. Hill; Albert Pike; Raphael Semmes; Richard Ewell; George DibrellFitzhugh Lee; George W.C. Lee; Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (2); John Hunt Morgan and wife; James Longstreet; Jubal Early; Nathan Bedford Forrest; John C. Breckinridge; Naval Commander Franklin Buchanan; and John Garland, a Virginia native who was loyal to the Union. A composite view of Davis surrounded by CSA generals entitled "Southern Chiefs," on verso, is also enclosed, as well as a patriotic hand-colored scene showing three Confederate flags. 

The album contains 12 CDVs of soldiers, of which 4 are tentatively identified (some not located in HDS): Frank Brower, possibly of the 20th LA Infantry; a view of a bearded man holding a violin and bow, identified as William Broyles on verso, with credit to Keen's Gallery, Jonesboro, TN, suggesting that Broyles may have served with a Tennessee regiment; R. Sadler, with Quinby & Co., Charleston backmark. HDS lists an "R. Sadler" who served with Co. K, 5th SC State Line Infantry; Colonel F.S. Barton, possibly from Georgia based on the Augusta backmark; and 3 uniformed young men pencil identified as possible Washington Light Infantrymen. 

Additional images of note include a view of the Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts; Libby Prison, with tents set up outside the building, identified on verso as "Sanitary Fair, June 27, 1864"; image of a soldier standing beside a large cannon; and outdoor views of rural folks, one group posed near or inside a horse-drawn wagon. 

Condition:

Range in condition from fair to very good. Most in very good condition. Some with small chips in prints. Corner/edge wear to mounts, including some clipped corners. 

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,750
11/15/2019

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