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  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) Gardner, O'Sullivan, Barnard, and others

    A fine collection of 8 classic Civil War photographs from Gardner’s Sketch Book. Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]

    A splendid collection of Gardner prints.


  • (BENJAMIN, JUDAH P.) Mathew Brady Studio.

    Judah P. Benjamin. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, late 1850s.]

    This is a splendid hand-colored Brady Imperial salt print of one of the great figures in American Jewish history.



    Two photographs of the execution of Capt. Henry Wirz. Washington, November 10, 1865

    These famous photographs by renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner  documents the execution of Andersonville prison commandant Henry Wirz. The event took place on November 10, 1865 in the courtyard of the Old Capitol Prison, now the site of the U.S. Supreme Court. 120 soldiers guarded the crowd of 200 spectators, while more onlookers clung to trees outside the prison yard. Gardner, who had photographed the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators in July, documented the event.

    two photographs: $16,000

  • (BLACK MILITARY BAND.) William Morris Smith

    Band of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry. Smith, 1865

    This rare photograph of a Black Civil War military band shows the band of the 107th U.S. Colored Infantry. The unit was organized in 1864 in Louisville, Kentucky. They participated in the siege of Petersburg, the first and second expeditions to Fort Fisher, the capture of Wilmington, the occupation of Raleigh, the surrender of Johnston, and several other smaller battles and skirmishes.


  • (VALENTINE, DAVID T.) Mathew Brady Studio

    David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a delightful Brady Imperial salt print portrait of one of the fascinating political and literary characters of mid-nineteenth-century New York, David T. Valentine.


  • (VANDERBILT, CORNELIUS, “Commodore.”) Mathew Brady Studio, attrib

    Cornelius Vanderbilt, vignetted standing portrait. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1860s.]

    Founder of the Vanderbilt business dynasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune first in steamships and shipping and then in railroads. His career spanned the birth of the steamship and the development of the great American railroad networks. He was “the oldest and perhaps the greatest of the nineteenth-century railroad barons” (ANB). Grand Central Station and Vanderbilt University stand as testaments to his influence and wealth.


  • (GRANT, U.S.) Gutekunst, Frederick

    Ulysses S. Grant, Lieutenant-General, U.S.A.. Philadelphia, April or May 1865

    Magnificent Imperial print of one of the great Ulysses S. Grant portraits. Grant wears a black mourning ribbon, indicating that this photograph was taken soon after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865. One of the best known portraits of Grant, this image shows Grant emulating the pose of Napoleon Bonaparte in David’s famous Napoleon in his Study (1812), a pose favored in military portraits of the era.


  • (WISE, HENRY.) Mathew Brady Studio

    Henry A. Wise. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a dramatic full-length standing salt print portrait of Gov. Henry A. Wise by Mathew Brady.


  • Mathew Brady Studio

    Potomac River from Harpers Ferry [Camp] Hill. Mathew Brady Studio, 1865

    This fine Brady view of Harper’s Ferry is framed with a slip signed by John Brown (“your friend/John Brown”), whose 1859 raid of Harpers Ferry and its arsenal was a prelude to the Civil War.


  • (Surgeons of Union Army.) Photographer unidentified

    Surgeons of 4th Division, 9th Corps, Broadway Landing, Va.. Broadway Landing, Va, 1864

    A group of six surgeons, three seated and three standing, pose in a wood showing the signs of an encampment.