Private Henry R. Rowland, Louisiana 5th Infantry, Salt Print by Guay, New Orleans

Hand-tinted salt print, 5.875 x 7.875 in., on 8.25 x 11 in. mount with penciled inscription on verso identifying the subject as Henry R. Rowland, Company A, 5th Louisiana Infantry. The private is dressed in the distinctive, French-inspired full blue uniform worn by Company A. He holds a Model 1842 rifled-musket with bayonet and carries a knapsack on his back. Guay & Co.: New Orleans, LA, n.d. Photographer's blindstamp in lower margin of mount. 

Henry R. Rowland (1848-1901) enlisted as a private with Company A., the "Crescent City Guards" militia company of New Orleans, on June 4, 1861 at Camp Moore, New Orleans. The 5th Louisiana was destined for the eastern theater and served in the Army of Northern Virginia for the duration, having first arrived on the Peninsula in April 1862. In the fall of 1862, Rowland is recorded as having been wounded twice, once at Chantilly on September 1, and again on October 17, but more seriously "wounded in the hand." He was confined to Wayside Hospital and Richmond Hospital No. 9 for several months while recuperating. He rejoined the regiment in early March 1863, but was reported as "absent on leave" between May and June indicating that he probably did not accompany the 5th Louisiana during Lee's Invasion of the North and the Gettysburg Campaign. Although Rowland was designated "absent with leave" from July 26, 1863 and listed as a deserter on the same day, he found his way back to Company A by early 1864, but was captured May 7, 1864 during the Shenandoah Valley fighting. Rowland subsequently became a POW and reports indicate that he was paroled in exchange for the oath of allegiance on May 8, 1865. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Toning to print and mount. Image has lightened a bit, but details still visible. Some scattered spotting on print and mount. Penciled IDs on mount verso in late 19th-early 20th century hand. Mount with some chipping, short tears, and small areas of loss along edge lines.  

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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