General James' Artillery Tests, Rare Group of Four Photographs by Cooley

Rare albumen photographs of General James’ artillery tests, likely taken by Sam Cooley. Including the following: 2 images capturing large wooden targets, the smaller print, 11.5 x 8.5 in., on larger mount, with inked notes on the mount indicating the composition of the target and shot and noting that one projectile passed through both walls, 51 in. and 39 in. thick, yet the trajectory continued the same as though the target had not been in its way. The second print measures 12.75 x 8.5 in, on larger mount; a third photograph captures a gathering of uniformed officers overseeing a grouping of different cannon, 13 x 8.5 in., on larger mount; and the fourth albumen is a view of several projectiles lined up on the beach, 10.75 x 6.25 in., on larger mount. One print was exhibited at the High Museum of Art, and we have only seen one of these rare photos published previously. 

Wartime photographs show Samuel A. Cooley's traveling darkroom emblazoned U.S. Photographer, Department of the South. He followed the Tenth Corps throughout the Southeast, producing photographs of operations in Charleston, Beaufort, Savannah, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and the surrounding areas.  Although he was born and died in Hartford, Connecticut, Cooley remained in the South for a few years after the conclusion of the war and was even elected sheriff of Beaufort in 1866.

Condition:Prints very good.  Mounts with light soiling and edge wear.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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