November 30, 2000 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati

Three CDVs of Brown Water Navy Officers, Incl. Signed Carte of Daniel Paul Slatterly, USS Vindicator

Lot of 3 CDVs, all with Brown Water Navy imprints.

CDV with sharp vignette portrait. French & Co.: Vicksburg, MS, n.d. Ink signed, "Your Schoolmate and Friend / D. Paul Slatterly / US Navy.Daniel Paul Slatterly: acting ensign 3/19/63, acting master 7/19/64, discharged 2/9/66. Modern pencil notation records Slatterly's service on PawtuxetMalvernMassasoitSagamore, and Vindicator (Mississippi Squadron). USS Vindicator was a former civilian steamer commissioned as a gunboat in May 1864.  During the last year of the war she served in the Yazoo River expedition and engaged in the pursuit of the Confederate cottonclad CSS William H. Webb on the Red River. During that unsuccessful chase, Acting Master D.P. Slatterly was recorded as having "stoked his boilers to near bursting point." Slatterly later writing, "Such was the spirit animating every officer, man, and boy that all seemed to vie with each other in the rapid and intelligent execution of each order." Vindicator was soon thereafter decommissioned in late April 1865 and sold out of service.

CDV of a heavily bearded officer standing with sword. J. Sidney Brown: St. Louis, MO, n.d. Identified in modern pencil as "Nott" with notation confirming same from "comparison to photo from Naval Historical Center." Hugh Nott: acting assistant paymaster 2/17/63, discharged 12/12/65. Only one reference to Nott being assigned to either the Memphis or Natchez naval station was found. 

CDV of a dapper petty officer wearing waist length double-breasted jacket. J.W. Taft: Memphis, TN, n.d. Identified in modern pencil as, "James C. Vail" and with three-cent green revenue stamp. Junior ranks not included in Navy List. Nothing about this petty officer's wartime service was found.  

The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection 
Lots 133-162 

Cowan's is pleased to offer the first contingent of an unparalleled assembly of Brown Water Navy images archived over a lifetime of study by consummate collector Richard B. Cohen, a familiar name to many in the field of Civil War photography. To those who knew him best, Richard B. Cohen will be remembered as a "disciplined collector who maintained a relatively narrow focus having built an important, perhaps unsurpassed collection in his area of specialization." Richard was particularly well read and his historical knowledge informed his collecting as reflected by the photography that follows. The array of carte-de-visites and albumen photographs gathered here include a number of identified naval officers - both famous and obscure - along with a handful of enlisted sailors and Mississippi Marine Brigade images, and, significantly, many views of unique Brown Water Navy sidewheel and sternwheel warships - no two vessels looking exactly the same. Subjectively, the most appealing aspect of the Cohen Collection are the photographs of these gunboats, transports, and impressed vessels quickly converted at St. Louis, Cairo, and Cincinnati for duty on the waters of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The gamut of improvised warships range from the earliest types of steam powered vessels first taken up by the Army to create a small timberclad flotilla, to the several purpose-built War Department Ellet rams, and later, the more numerous classes of tinclads, some converted but all built for and crewed by the Navy. A few captured Confederate vessels impressed into Union service are also present. It is supremely evident that Richard B. Cohen's collecting instincts were always evolving, but uniformly refined. We trust that both advanced and neophyte collectors will find something to pique interest now that the time has come to inevitably recycle these exceptional images to a new cadre of aficionados.

Provenance:The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection


Nott carte with average clarity, dented corners, else about VG.  Vail image about EXC.  Slatterly CDV with average clarity having dented corners and back largely discolored by stain, still near VG. 

Estimate: $1 - $2


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