June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


McPherson & Oliver, Two Civil War CDVs of the Baton Rouge Arsenal

Lot of 2 CDVs of the Baton Rouge Arsenal and grounds, with McPherson & Oliver, Baton Rouge, LA imprint and pencil inscriptions on verso. The first image features the main arsenal building, with several likely federal soldiers standing below and tents in the background; the second features the grounds of the arsenal including a street separating the barracks from the arsenal buildings, termed "Garrison Lane" in verso inscription, along with a few likely federal soldiers, including a sentry standing to the left, and tents in the distance. 

Federal troops took control of the Baton Rouge Arsenal and barracks after their victory over Confederate forces at the Battle of Baton Rouge. The battle, which took place on August 5, 1862, was fought on land and sea after Brigadier General Thomas Williams's occupation of Baton Rouge. In an attempt to regain control of the city, CSA Major General John C. Breckenridge led an attack on Union forces, succeeding only until his own soldiers came under fire from Union gunboats. Brigadier General Thomas Williams was killed in action in the battle, and in his honor, Union forces built an earthworks around the city's arsenal and barracks, and called it Fort Williams. The site was under Union control for the remainder of the war.


Both CDVs with some wear and discoloration at edges, minor spotting and light toning to images, and general surface soil throughout. Thin abrasion to second image, extending approx. 1 in. diagonally from upper right edge.

Estimate: $400 - $600
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