Please no Pay Pal on this item. Here are two very rare panoramic views of the town of Chattanooga Tennessee during the Civl War. There were three in this series, but I have only two of them, which, however, do fit together. Measurements including the boards are 13+ by 13+. George Barnard followed the Union army and is most famous for his 1866 book, Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, which contains 61 albumen prints of Civil War sites such as Nashville, the Chattanooga Valley, Atlanta, and Savannah, as well as other sites associated with General Sherman's. These photographs were taken in March or April of 1864. Barnard's viewpoint was from Fort Sherman near Fifth and Walnut Streets, looking towards Market Street. Visible in the left photograph is the old City Hall, with a two stage bell tower and the City Market to the left. In the center, the middle building of the three brick structures was a bank. During part of the war, the bank building housed a printing press for the Rebel, a Confederate newspaper. The white house with columns was the residence of Major Rathburn at 6th and Pine Streets. After his death at the Battle of Atlanta, General James McPeherson's body lay in state in this house before shipment to his native Ohio. The right side of the panorama shows the Central House Hotel towards the left at the corner of 5th and Market. All the buildings between the two story brick store, three structures to the right of the Central House Hotel, and all the way to the end of the block were destroyed by the Union Army. The 3 story building with the bricked up windows was erected by the McCallie Brothers, a major mercantile business in Chattanooga. There is a sign on the building which reads, Jail House. Both Confederate and Union Armies used it as a prison during the war. Later this same building was used as a city hall, finally demolished in 1922. Cameron Hill is visible in both images with Signal Mountain in the distance on the right photograph. Union encampments predominate both left and right images. These photographs were obtained from the noted photographic hisorian and collector/dealer George Whiteley, of Atlanta. They are both in excellent condition.
CDV of John H. Turner, Captain of Co E 30th Tennessee Infantry, organized in Sumner County. Captain Turner died at the Battle of Jonesboro, receiving four mortal wounds. He was the only brother of his Major James J Turner, who was also wounded and disabled in the same battle. Dingy appearance as can be seen in the scan. Please no Pay Pal on this item. This image was published in Larry Jones's Confederate Calender a few years ago.
This letter is dated February 2, 1862, written by Phoebe Cross, location not given, but most likely Tennessee. Nearly three pages of content, on very thin blue paper, with folds, some tears and brown spots. All very legible. The following is some of the most important content:"Am staying at my little home alone, with the exception of my servants and my little ones, now that Mr. Cross is in the army.".."My babe is four weeks old and is a fine girl...I have named her Lillie Belmont-the last name in memory of the battle, where her father fought so long and desperately against such an overwhelming force and was at last captured and held a prisoner by the enemy for six days....Mr. Cross would have been released on parole, if he had desired it, as he was a Regimental Officer, but he preferred to share the fate of his men and take the chances of an early exchange of prisoners. He fought bravely and gallantly and was complimented by his Col and General for his coolness and daring and even after he was captured by inspecting the fortifications and observing the gunboats at Cairo, he was enable to give General Pillow, such useful information about the strength of the enemy... I understand that John Alec Gordon is Captain of a company at Felician about 12 miles from Columbus Kentucky. Duff Gordon is also at the same place, while Uncle Dick's son is in a Regiment at Columbus, brother John is Lieuntenant in his company. We heard here of the battle of Fishers Creek and that Uncle Zollicoffer had fallen...We are represented as being badly whipped there, but the statements are so conflicting that we do not know what is correct and what is false...So many of our citizens have gone to the war that the place is almost depopulated. Our county I am sorry to say is strong for the Union as East Tennessee and if the Federals ever take Fort Henry we are ruined for there are traitors from this very place who have joined the enemy and in their wrath swear they will pilot steam here to desolate our homes.. This written to her sister in Nashville.
This interesting letter head shows the full roster of Company D,14th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. This letter was written from Pittsburg Landing on March 31, 1862 by R. E. Weisner, Corporal. The letter had been repaired at the fold with scotch tape which I have removed and replaced with archival tape. Here is part of the transcript. "There is great preparations being made at this place for a fight but I do not believe that there wil be much of a fight for these reasons. 1. The rebels have evacuated 3 of the strongest fortified places that they held, namely Columbus, Bowling Green, and Manassas. 2. We have taken Ft. Henry and Donelson and ?. Old Price with his army have been routed and killed. 3. Burnsides' espedition is doing their duty on the seacoast, 4. The majority of those that are fighting have been fooled and led into the war blindly and only yesterday there was 40 men and their officers came to this place and gave themselves up as prisoners of war. They had been sent out on picket duty and though that they had been in the rebel service long enough and took that method of getting away. Well the 61st came here but I have not been to see them yes. Yesterday I was on duty and could not go. And today we were on regimental inspection and in the afternoon wen on Division inspection..."
General Joseph Johnson from Life-Stanton-Butler CDV
Item #: CIV-000140
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Please no Pay Pal on this item. Beautiful clean condition on this pose from life of Joseph Johnson with a great Southern backmark. This post war (1866) CDV is smaller than usual. May have been cut down, although the margins are even. I paid a fortune for this from R E Neville over fifteen years ago.
Please no Pay Pal on this item Two ninth plate images, one pre war and the other wartime of the same man who is wearing a DEKE fraternity pin in both images. Both President, Bush Sr and Bush Jr were members of his famous national fraternity, along with several other famous Americans. The images came from a family estate in Wilson County Tennessee. The first is a tin type and has the clearest view of the pin. The pin on the soldier image appears more as an outline. The second image is an ambrotype. There is a HAIR LINE FRACTURE which extends as a line beginning at the left sleeve and across the bottom left hand button and ending at the beginning of the vest. Visually, this crack is not very noticible, almost appearing as a fold in the uniform. White spot seen on uniform is not present on the image. Included is a beautiful double thermoplast case. Not original to the images of course, but the only double image case I had and will need to be their permanent home. One small corner chip on the back side and roughness along the top edge on the front.
Note: This soldier has now been identified as Captain A D Norris of the Seventh Tennessee, the brave color bearer who saved the 7th flag from capture at Gettysburg.