These photographs are slightly smaller than a postcard. The first photograph shows a large crowd scene on Cherry Street watching the parade. Signage for Alamo and a partial sign for E B Har..Period handwriting on the back which reads "crowd on Cherry St.watching Confederate Veterans parade by at Macon Ga Reunion 1912. The second photo on the back says Macon's sky scraper decorated for Reunion 1912. On one side of the photo there is an ink notation which reads Mulberry & Third.
This is a rare image of Robert L Caruthers who was elected Governor of Tennessee but never served. The following information was obtained from Wikipedia.
Robert Looney Caruthers was an American judge, politician, and professor. He helped establish Cumberland University in 1842, serving as the first president of its Board of Trustees, and was a co-founder of the Cumberland School of Law, one of the oldest law schools in the South. He served as a Tennessee state attorney general in the late 1820s and early 1830s, and was a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court in the 1850s and early 1860s. He also served one term in the United States House of Representatives (1841–1843). In 1863, he was elected Governor of Tennessee by the state's Confederates, but never took office
Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, Caruthers was a supporter for the Union until Fort Sumter when he aligned with the Confederacy. Caruthers was nominated for governor to replace Isham G. Harris, who was prohibited by the state constitution from seeking a fourth consecutive term. Caruthers was officially elected but the state constitution required that the governor-elect take the Oath of Office before the General Assembly. Since the Union Army controlled most of Middle and West Tennessee at this time, the Assembly was unable to convene, and Caruthers never officially took office. Confederates continued to recognize Harris as governor until the end of the war. Union forces, in the mean time, had installed Andrew Johnson as military governor.
This interesting view of the State Capitol in Nashville was made by occupation photographer H Hall of Metropolitan Gallery on College Street (J H Stavoren) This rare view of the buildings under the State Capitol is not shown in James A Hoobler's book, Cities Under the Gun, Images of Occupied Nashville and Chattanooga." See scan to view some of the light staining. One of the buildings is St Marys Note the occupation tents that surround the Capitol.
Scarce image of Richard Taylor. Dingy and a little pooch where the image didn't quite adhere to the card stock. Backmark reads Meinerth's Patent Mezzo-Tint Photograph by C R Edwards, Bowling Green, Ky. I'm not sure what mezzo tint is but you can tell that the image has been touched up. Please view both scans to see the condition.
I have never seen this image of Isham G Harris and believe this may be an unpublished photograph of Harris, who was perhaps the most influential force behind the secession of Tennessee from the Union. Even though he was replaced by Andrew Johnson and later by Robert Caruthers, Harris continued in his role as Governor. Harris served as an Aide de Camp for various Confederate Generals, among them Joseph E Johnston, Braxton Bragg, John B Hood, and P.F.T. Beauregard. After the war he became a U S Senator in 1877 and served until his death in 1897. No back mark on the CDV but the photographer is identified as Anthony on the front, taken in 1862. The wording reads ..."otherwise known as King Harris. The edges are dingy and there is an area on the mid left edge that is torn.
This listing consists of two items. The first is a tenth plate tintype of a handsome confederate soldier with a pipe in his mouth. Please study the scans to see the condition problems which includes some folds and spots, both white in the black area and black in the image area. Full, complete leather case. The other item is a end of the war Oath of Allegiance taken at the Powhatan Courthouse in Virginia. Purchased with the tintype and reportedly came together. I haven't been able to figure out the oath which is all in the hand of Robert C Campbell, Captain of the 13th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. The other name is Benjamin Justice who may be the one who took the oath and the one in the tintype. The problem is that it looks like the same handwriting. This needs more research. The date on the oath is May 29th 1865,
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This is an original mounted albumen which measures 13 by 10 inches. I have shown two scans of the front since it was a little too big for the scanner. Although the photographer is unknown, George N Barnard was the official photographer assigned to Sherman and he photographed many Nashville buildings and later Chattanooga when Sherman moved his head quarters there. This photograph can be seen in James Hoobler's book, "Cities Under the Gun." The building is identified in that book and in the period handwriting at the bottom of the board as being General Hospital No 15, Division Nashville Tennessee May 9 1865. Hoobler identified the building as Hynes School which was built in 1857 on the corner of Line and Summer Streets. The hospital was used for the treatment of men who had venereal disease.The photo shows at least sixty-seven men and one boy. A Rucker ambulance, can be seen in the foreground and a milk wagon above and to the left hand side. There is a grouping of men, among them some paroled Confederate Soldiers and one with his rifle. There is a structure which looks like gallows but more likely is a well. A person could have fun studying this photograph for things I've missed.
This is an exceptional 8 X 10 photograph by Wharton Tyree of Fred Olds, who was the "Father of the Museum of History in North Carolina. Frederick Augustus Olds was born in 1853 and had a love of studying and collecting items from the Civil War and North Carolina. Though disparaged in his time for his enthusiasm, his collection of thousands of historical articles now form the nucleus of the North Carolina Museum of History. Olds was also active in teaching others about his love of history, especially children. I have seen at least two other images of him posing in Civil War uniforms on the web. He gave true meaning to living history.
This sixth plate tintype image came from a long time Georgia family who could not provide the name only that it had been in the family "forever". He wears the stripes of a sergeant and a shako hat. Unfortunately everything has been gilded. Nice clarity and nice condition. It is a bit lighter than the scan. I posted this on Facebook and the feedback ranged from pre -war or postwar.
This view was produced by J H Van Stavoren's Metropolitan Gallery, H Hall photographer. This was made during the Union occupation of Nashville. Roughness to the edges, including a cut at the top and some edge stains. The top sky area has a dingy appearance. The Capitol is quite light in fact you cannot see the top of the Capitol. There is a crease on the photo itself but not too prominent. This is a rare view showing the buildings under the Capitol, including the tents for the occupational army.. The dark structure is St Marys. Demombreum Street would be the reference point for this view. Please study the scan closely to view the overall condition.
Nice clean ninth plate ambrotype of a very young Confederate soldier. There appears to be a star on his hat which has been gilded. The hat cord came with him. Full composition case but very worn. Intact.
This is a rare CDV of Confederate
Brigadier General James Edward Rains. He is shown in this photo wearing
his Colonel's uniform. The photo measures 4" x 2 3/8". It has squared
off edges and no back mark. There are condition problems that can be
seen in the scan. Possibly not visible in the scan are several thumb
tack holes within the photograph. This is the photo used in Generals in
Gray and the only example that I have ever seen. Rains was shot while
charging Stone River during the Battle of
Murfreesboro. His dying words were, "Forward my Brave Boys, Forward".
Below is a biography of his early life and military career. (Wikipedia)
was born in Nashville Tennessee and attended Yale, where he graduated second in the Class of 1854. He
then studied law before serving as headmaster at the Millwood Institute
in newly formed Cheatham County. He was associate
editor of the Daily Republican Banner, serving under a future
fellow Confederate general, Felix Zollicoffer. Rains was initially
opposed to secession. He was elected the Nashville city
attorney in 1858 and later served as attorney general for his judicial
district in 1860.
When the Civil War began, despite his personal
objections to the
concept of secession, Rains enlisted in April 1861 in the Confederate
army as a private in the "Hermitage Guards", a local
company. He was quickly moved up and
was finally appointed colonel of the 11th Tennessee Infantry, succeeding George E Maney. He was commissioned May 10, 1861. The greater part of his
military service was in eastern Tennessee. During the winter of
1861–62, he commanded the garrison at the Cumberland Gap and successfully repulsed numerous attempts by Union
forces to seize the critical gap. It did not fall until June 1862 when
Federals finally outflanked his position. His defense of the gap proved
vital, as east Tennessee would have been completely lost to the
Confederates much earlier in 1862. But the forces that General Kirby Smith had gathered about Knoxville, in
addition to those in the neighborhood of Cumberland Gap, made the Union
occupation of that post almost a barren victory. In August, Smith
advanced into Kentucky, leaving Maj. Gen.Carter Stevenson with a strong division to operate
against the Union general Morgan, who was holding the gap with about
9,000 men. Col. Rains commanded a brigade
in Stevenson's division. Kirby Smith's success in the Kentucky Campaign eventually forced
the Union forces to abandon Cumberland Gap and retreat through eastern
Kentucky to the Ohio River.
Rains was rewarded for his contribution at Cumberland Gap by being
given a commission to Brigadier General on November 4, 1862. When Gen.Braxton Bragg was concentrating his army at Murfreesboro that same
month, Rains's brigade of troops raveled to Murfreesboro and was assigned to the division of Maj. Gen. John P McCown. At the Battle of Stones River in December, Rains was shot
through the heart and killed instantly while leading his brigade
forward in an attack.
His last words were "Forward my brave boys, forward!" He was initially
buried on the battlefield, but Rains's father, and 3 year old daughter,
met with Union Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and formally requested General Rains's
body. It was transferred through Federal lines and reburied in the
Nashville City Cemetery. In 1888, Rains was reinterred in the
Confederate section of Mt Olivet in
Some bleed through from the gluing process on the front. See scan. Someone has played with the back. You can see the acidic imprint of a revenue stamp that probably fell off and it looks like someone had later placed two stamps over the Anthony backmark. Still a nice CDV.
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I purchased this quarter plate ruby ambrotype from a trusted dealer who provided what information I have on this image. It was purchased by a friend of the dealer who bought it from a Kinston North Carolina family estate. Kinston is in Lenoir County and the original buyer lived in La Grange. He bought it as a image of a soldier whose family had remained in the same area and had been Confederate sympathizers. The buyer,unfortunately, failed to get the name.
The officer has two stars on his collar possibly denoting a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The red sash would indicate that he was in the artillery. He is wearing a strange hat. It is possible that he was in the North Carolina Militia. I am clueless about the various uniforms and hats used in North Carolina. I would welcome any input that might be given that would shed some light on the name of the officer.
The image was purchased in a half case so I have given it a new home. Two corners are split on the case making the image a loose fit. Probably these could be glued back. I am speculating that the photographer was not very experienced. Part of what looks like the camera plate is showing in the image. The coating to the ambro was not put on smoothly causing lines in the image, most of which can be seen in the scan. These are not cracks in the ambrotype. There are also scattered odd black spots on the image of the office, some visible to the eyes and other can be seen under magnification.
Collectors who enjoy research should have fun with this one.
My description of this item has been challenged as to the state and even his rank. I am posting a close up of the button which does seem not to be North Carolina. Someone has suggested Louisiana. I welcome any ideas about this image as to his rank and state. I have reduced the price due to the mystery of the image.
Photo measures 10 by 7+ inches and with the board 11 by 14 inches. A few scratches on the photo itself, not that visible. This gathering was for the United Confederate Veteran Reunion held in Murfreesboro Tennessee in 1929. Great clarity. Gathered on the public square in Murfreesboro under the Confederate monument. Photographer's ink mark Ferrell. Selling for $200 less than I paid for.
This is a pose from Cheatham's service in the Mexican War when he was a colonel of the 3rd Tennessee. When the Civil War begun Cheatham was merged into the Confederate army. I don't know if this CDV has been trimmed or whether it was produced that way. Back stamp of the Photographic Gallery Tucker & Perkins, Augusta Georgia. View scan for condition.
Cheatham's CW assignments included: major general, Tennessee Militia (prewar); brigadier general, Provisional Army of Tennessee (May 9, 1861); brigadier general, CSA (July 9, 1861); commanding lst Brigade, lst Geographical Division, Department #2 (September 7 - October 24, 1861); commanding 2nd Division, lst Geographical Division, Department #2 (October 24, 1861 - March 9, 1862); major general, CSA (March 10, 1862); commanding 2nd Division, lst Corps, Army of the Mississippi (March 29 - July 2, 1862); commanding lst Division, Army of the Mississippi (July 2 - August 15, 1862); commanding division, Right Wing, Army of the Mississippi (August 15 - November 20, 1862); commanding division, Polk's-Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee (November 20, 1862-October 23, 1863, January - July, and September - October 1864); commanding the corps (October 23 - November 1863 and October 1864-April 9, 1865); and commanding division, Hardee's (new) Corps, Army of Tennessee (April 9-26, 1865).
He led a division at Belmont and Shiloh, where he was wounded, and during the defense of Corinth, Mississippi. Having been promoted to major general before Shiloh, he fought as a division commander temporarily in charge of the wing at Perryville and later at Murfreesboro. After participating in the Tullahoma Campaign he fought in the Confederate victory at Chickamauga. Absent at Chattanooga (the one major action of the army that he missed) he returned for the Atlanta Campaign.
When William J. Hardee left the army due to conflicts with Braxton Bragg, Cheatham took over the corps for the invasion of middle Tennessee. just before the fight at Franklin the Confederates lost an opportunity to destroy a large portion of John M. Schofield's Union forces at Spring Hill. Instead of attacking, the enemy was allowed to slip by unmolested.
Recriminations followed as Bragg focused on Cheatham, who retaliated in kind. Most historians believe that the facts are on Cheatham's side. In any event Cheatham went on to fight at Nashville and shortly thereafter Bragg asked to be relieved. Cheatham then went on to the Carolinas where in the April 9, 1865, reorganization and consolidation, he was reduced to command of a division. This he led until the surrender near Durham Station, North Carolina. He then returned to his farm and briefly entered politics as an unsuccessful congressional candidate. He was later a prison official and postmaster.
This CDV was trimmed to fit into an album.
Here is some biographical information on General Polk taken from the Ehistory web site:
Leonidas Polk had gone to West Point (class of 1827) but only months after graduating he dropped out of the army. He entered the Episcopal Church, rising to be a bishop in 1838 and bishop of Louisiana in 1841. His old friend Jefferson Davis finally persuaded Polk to join the Confederate service in mid-summer 1861.
Polk jumped straight in as a Major General, and his first assignment was to working to secure and fortify the Mississippi River. He crossed into Kentucky, finally breaking a neutrality that was never going to last. While there he moved his command around as enemy movements required; part of his troops were ferried across the river and helped repulse Grant’s move on Belmont, Missouri. When the Confederates lost Island Number 10 and New Madrid, Polk had to withdraw, and he ended up commanding a Corps under Albert Sidney Johnston. He fought at Shiloh, then at Corinth, and was promoted to command the Army of Mississippi when Davis reshuffled Confederate command in the West. He served under Braxton Bragg (there was plenty of friction between them, as between Bragg and most officers), who was the administrative and strategic head in the west.
Polk led his army at Perryville, then in a reorganization he commanded a Corps through 1863 and the battles of Murfreesboro, the Tullahoma Campaign, and Chickamauga. He wasn’t a very good general, and Bragg wanted him sacked for his actions at Chickamauga. Polk had already urged Davis to remove Bragg, and because he was friends with Davis, he won the argument. The incipient court-martial that Bragg had opened was stopped; Polk was transferred to the quieter portions of Mississippi in late 1863. The Union weren’t looking to conquer the whole state, and he administered things and tried to gather troops and supplies. When Union pressure increased, even his small force (a Corps grandiosely called the "Army of Mississippi”) was called up. They moved to north Georgia to help protect Atlanta. On June 14, 1864, during a conference with Joe Johnston and William Hardee, he was killed outright by a cannon ball.
War time pose but no back mark. Stains on the edge but clean photo. The following is some information about Wheeler obtained from the web.
Joseph Wheeler was born in Augusta, Georgia, on September 10, 1836, the youngest of four children. His mother died in 1842, and shortly thereafter his father lost his fortune. Wheeler's father decided to take the children and return to his home state of Connecticut. Young Joe eventually went to live with his maternal grandparents and his aunts, Mary and Augusta Hull. He received his schooling at the Episcopal Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, and on July 1, 1854 at age 17, he was admitted to West Point, subsequently graduating in 1859. Some highlights of his career:
At age 26, he became one of the youngest Confederate Generals, and rapidly rose from Brigadier to Major General during 1863. In February of 1865 Wheeler was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General of The Army of Tennessee.
He participated in more than 500 skirmishes and commanded in 127 battles. As sobering proof of his personal exposure to danger during this period, records show that 36 staff officers were wounded at his side, and 16 horses were shot from under him.
He was characterized by General Robert E. Lee as one of the two outstanding cavalrymen in the War Between the States (General J.E.B. Stuart was the other).
In the 1870's, Wheeler studied law, and after passing the Alabama Bar Exam, became an attorney for the Tuscumbia, Courtland, and Decatur Railroad (later Southern Railway). He was first elected to Congress in 1880. Following his initial two-year service, he was defeated. Running again at the next opportunity two years later, he would serve continuously until taking leave from Congress in 1898, at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Subsequently, Wheeler was commissioned by President McKinley to serve as Major General of Volunteers in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
General Joseph Wheeler died in 1906 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Very rare salt print of the Confederate General Zollicoffer taken from the Whitehurst Gallery Scrapbook. Light as with most salt prints. Zollicoffer was killed early in the war. Here is some more of his history, if interested. Scan has blurred the clarity of the print, but I did not darken the scan so it's as it appears in person.
This Tennessee-born newspaper editor and Whig politician fought in the Seminole War as a first lieutenant, held various offices in Tennessee and served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1853-59). Although a staunch supporter of states' rights, he worked to avoid a confrontation between North and South and attended the 1861 peace conference in Washington.
Felix Zollicoffer was made a brigadier general in the Tennessee state forces following the fall of Fort Sumter, transferred into Confederate service, with the same rank, on July 9, 1861, and given command of the District of East Tennessee, Department Number 2, on August 1, with the assignment to "preserve peace, protect the railroad, and repel invasion." This was a difficult task since eastern Tennessee was generally not a slaveholding area and was unsympathetic to the Confederate cause.
Zollicoffer moved his forces into southeastern Kentucky in late 1861 before being superseded by General G.B. Crittenden on December 8. Zollicoffer was then given command of the Ist Brigade of the district. His rash move across the Cumberland River forced the rebels to give battle, at a disadvantage, at Mill Springs on January 18, 1862.
While studying the field he came across another officer on the same mission. He told that officer not to fire on his own men. But the other man was Colonel Speed S. Fry of the 4th Kentucky, a Union regiment. After riding away and being fired upon, Fry, realizing his mistake, turned and shot the Confederate. Also fired upon by some other Federals, Zollicoffer fell dead. (Myers, Raymond E., The Zollie Tree)
Nice condition on this mounted albumen which measures 7 and a half inches by 9 and a half inches, not including the board. The old vets are all lined up in formation. Photographer mark of Fielden, Columbia Tn. I'm afraid I cannot identify any of these men.
This photograph is too big to fit in the scan, measuring 13 and a half by 10 inches. The board has been trimmed. Photo is dingy with scratching. Probably would look better framed. On the back is written General Fitzhugh Lee photo by Giers. It is in Otto Giers handwriting and was found in his estate.