Slaves of Thomas Drayton, Hilton Head Albumen Photograph

An albumen photograph attributed to Henry P. Moore, taken at Hilton Head Island, ca 1861-1862, featuring a group of newly freed slaves, the men standing and the women sitting, a Union soldier standing next to the group, with pencil identification on verso Albumen / Slaves of Thomas Drayton / Hilton Head; 6 x 8 in., on original paper mount, 8.5 x 10 in.

This photograph was taken at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on the 700-acre Fish Haul Plantation, which was primarily a cotton-producing plantation belonging to Thomas Fenwick Drayton. In November of 1861, Union forces commanded by Army General Thomas Sherman and Naval Captain Samuel F. DuPont attacked Confederate forces defending Hilton Head Island at Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard, which were under the command of General Thomas Drayton. By the time Union troops landed on Hilton Head Island, they encountered no Confederate resistance and learned that the white inhabitants had fled the island. As a result, Hilton Head Island became the Union's southern headquarters for the war and a military supply depot. This image, which was taken after the Union attack, captures slaves who were in the process of being freed by the Federal Government. Previously sold at Swann Auction Galleries, February 27, 2007, Lot 70, where it brought $9000.

Condition:Even toning to image; slight discoloration to the upper right and left sky area; light, scattered spotting on mat.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000


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