Lot of 3 CDVs documenting camp life of the 2nd Vermont Light Artillery at Port Hudson, LA. John Smillie: 2nd Vermont Battery, ca 1864-1865. One carte bears the verso imprint, "Made by Smillie, 2d Vt. Battery," and the other two lack an imprint, although it is believed each view was taken by the Vermont soldier late in the war. Verso penciled notations on two CDVs identify the camp scenes to the 2nd VT Light Artillery but incorrectly note the location as "Morganza, LA." The 2nd VT Light Artillery participated in the assaults and siege of Port Hudson during the summer of 1863, and subsequently served garrison and guard duty at Port Hudson through July 1865. Smillie enlisted as a private in January 1864, was promoted to corporal in January 1865, and mustered out six months later.
Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography
Carte with Smillie's backmark retains rich tonality, few stains.
Second and third views with toning and surface soiling. Corner and edge wear to each mount, including trimmed edges and corner loss.
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