Civil War CDV Album Containing Portraits of Union Generals, Politicians, and Other Personalities Paired with Their Wives

Red leather album, 9 x 6 in., with paper label of Batsford & Moore Booksellers of Waterloo, New York to inside front cover, containing 40 CDVs, of which 20 are paired portraits of Union generals and their wives. The remaining subjects include Inspector General of the US Army Delos B. Sackett and his second wife, Frances; reformer Henry Ward Beecher and his wife, Eunice White; presidential candidate Stephen Douglas and his first wife, Adele; US Representative John J. Crittenden and his first wife, Elizabeth; former first lady Abigail Fillmore; author and diplomat Charles Francis Adams, Sr. and his wife, Abigail; George and Martha Washington; and Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, printed after illustrations. Several cartes bear the imprint of E. & H.T. Anthony after negatives by Mathew Brady, with other credited photographers including S. Anderson, New Orleans, LA; R.W. Addis, Washington, DC; J.W. Black, Boston, MA; Black & Batchelder, Boston, MA; Fernando Dessaur, New York, NY; Charles D. Fredricks & Co., New York, NY; Alexander Gardner, J. Gurney & Son, New York, NY; Benjamin Lochman, Allentown, PA; R.A. Miller, Boston, MA; C.W. Thorne, New York, NY; Joseph Ward, Boston, MA; and the Whitehurst Gallery, Washington, DC.

Union generals include Nathaniel P. Banks (2), John Charles Frémont (2), William Montrose Graham, Ulysses S. Grant (2), George B. McClellan, George Meade, and Henry Warner Slocum, all accompanied by portraits of their wives. Several with penciled identification, dates, or other inscriptions on verso, including the Graham portrait, dated 1865 with a partial three-cent revenue stamp and inscribed “For Mary,” his wife. Generals appear either standing or seated in uniform, may posed with swords. Also with a CDV of a young boy identified as “Sammy L. Slocum.


Pages with overall toning and scattered spotting. Some tears to mounts, with some staining at binding of first page. CDVs generally with toning and spotting; one Adams portrait with surface blemishes, and soiling to Crittenden portrait. CDVs with bumps to edges and corners. 

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