Steamer St. Maurice CDV, Plus Civil War-Date Correspondence Referencing the Vessel

Lot of 3, including CDV of the Brown Water river steamer St. Maurice at anchor. Uncredited but known to be by McPherson & Oliver: Baton Rouge, LA, n.d., ca 1862-1863. Pencil inscription on verso. 

With two manuscript notes, the first from New Orleans, LA, October 31, 1862, requests delivery of "one hundred pounds five inch cast iron spikes for decking" to the US Transport St. Maurice; the second on "Office Assistant Quartermaster, Department of the Gulf" letterhead, New Orleans, LA, February 20, 1863, notes, "...there is a lot of ambulances and medical stores on board the Str. 'St. Maurice' from the Ship 'Montabello' off Quarantine duty..." Signed by Lieutenant Colonel J. Chandler. 

The St. Maurice was built in Louisville in 1858 and ran the New Orleans-Bayou Lafourche-Donaldsonville route on the Mississippi River. She was used as a supply boat for the federal forces at Port Hudson, LA. 

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


CDV with even toning, light creases in almost all corners of print/mount, with most noticeable in top left corner. Minor indentations to each corner of mount, likely a result of how the image was previously stored. 

Notes with light fold lines. 1862 note with small area of separation at central fold line. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
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