F. Theodore Miller Stereoviews Featuring Fredericksburg, with Inscriptions from Sergeant Henry J. Bardwell

Lot of 9 yellow mount stereoviews from F. Theodore Miller's "Stereoscopic Views, of War Note, at Fredericksburg, Va" series. Though only one view bears Miller's verso imprint, the remaining views (each with inscribed captions on verso) correspond with the series title list. Subjects include the Wrenn House, Lacy House, US Cemetery, Stone Wall, and Falmouth. One view showing Fredericksburg from a vantage point at the Lacy House features the following verso inscription: "I was on Signal duty in the tower of the Court House at the left of the church steeple during the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. / Henry J. Bardwell." Another view showing the US Cemetery features the following verso inscription: "The house in process of erection is now finished and occupied by the super-intendent of the cemetery - It is built of stone from the old stone wall noted at the battle of Fredericksburg."

Sergeant Henry J. Bardwell worked as a carpenter in Amherst, MA before enlisting as a private on September 7, 1861. Nearly two weeks later, he was mustered into Company "D" of the 27th Massachusetts Infantry, in which capacity 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. Nearly all of the stereoviews in lots 115-123 are inscribed by Bardwell, including his name, a series number, and, in some cases, additional details about the featured scene.


Stereoviews with general wear and surface soil to images, mounts, edges and corners. 

Estimate: $700 - $900
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