Black woman with white child. No place, c. 1870-90
This delightful photograph shows a kind-looking young black woman sitting with a somewhat sour-looking young white child. Both are finely dressed for the occasion, the woman in an elegant dress with lace collar and the child in a dress with an elaborate lace collar. The photographer has highlighted in gold the fine jewelry each wears
Mortar Dictator, in Front of Petersburg. Petersburg, Va., October 1864
This fascinating photograph is a variant of the image shown in Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War. In that image, a group of Union officers including the chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac stands in the foreground, while five members of the mortar crew stand in the background. In the present photograph, shells have been moved to the foreground, and the full crew of nine men is present. The photographs are otherwise essentially identical.
(CUMBERLAND LANDING.) Gibson, James and John Wood
Inspection of Union Troops at Cumberland Landing, Pamunkey, Virginia. Cumberland Landing, Virginia, May 1862
This famous view shows a Union Army encampment at Cumberland Landing on the Pamunkey in Virginia.
(Union Navy.) Moore, Henry P
Deck of USS Wabash off Port Royal. Port Royal, South Carolina, May 1863
Henry P. Moore, a photographer from Goffstown, New Hampshire, photographed the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment during their occupation of Hilton Head, South Carolina, in 1862 and 1863. A contemporary called Moore’s images “the most remarkable collection of views I have seen in a long time” (Getty Museum).
During this period Moore made several photographs aboard USS Wabash, a frigate serving in the Charleston blockade and seeing action in shore bombardments and in attacks at sea.
(PONTOON BRIDGE.) Photographer unidentified
Pontoon bridges across the James River at Richmond, Virginia. Richmond, 1865
This rare photograph shows two parallel pontoon bridges stretching across the James River at Richmond, Virginia, near war’s end. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed these bridges after retreating Confederate forces burned the bridges in 1865. The Dunlop Mills are seen on the other side of the river.
(CHARLTON, LEWIS.) W. J. Chapman
“Lewis Charlton, 50 Years in Bondage in Maryland, U.S.A., and for 28 Years Suffered the Worst Effects of Slavery”. Dawlish, England, ca. 1884
Lewis Charlton, born into slavery in Maryland in 1814, was crippled as a toddler due to his owner’s actions. He told the horrific story of his childhood in Sketch of the Life of Mr. Lewis Charlton, and Reminiscences of Slavery. After the Civil War Charlton, who was illiterate, traveled to Baltimore and then Boston to raise funds for a school for Black children. He secured $1000 and a teacher and established the first school for Black children in Westminster, Maryland.
(CIVIL WAR.) George S. Cook
Officers of Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Charleston, South Carolina: George S. Cook, February 8, 1861
This famous group portrait represents the start of the Civil War.
Not for sale: $
(CHASE, SALMON P.) Mathew Brady Studio
Salmon P. Chase. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. 1860
This is a fine Mathew Brady portrait of a giant in American financial history.
This photograph is offered as part of the "Team of Rivals" collection, for sale en bloc only
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Alexander Gardner
Abraham Lincoln with his son Tad. Washington, February 5, 1865
Perhaps the most delightful of the Lincoln family photographs, this portrait shows an impish Tad leaning on a table as his seemingly bemused father sits on Gardner’s studio chair. Thomas “Tad” Lincoln was the youngest of the Lincoln boys.