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Guide to the Colonel George W. Bradley Collection of Civil War Photographs
1864-1865, undated
  PR 218

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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 01, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: City Point on the James and Appomattox Rivers, Virginia

Scope and Contents note

Series I holds twenty-seven photographs of administrative buildings, barracks, warehouses, and other structures created to provide logistical support for the Union Army during the Siege of Petersburg. The photographer is unknown, but as the images are uniform, lightly peopled, and distinctly documentary, they were probably commissioned by the Quartermaster Corps to record their installation. Each photograph was captioned after being mounted. They date between November 1864 and January 1865, during which time Colonel Bradley was commander of the depot.

The scenes of the City Point compound include a photograph of Appomattox Manor, the home of local doctor Richard Epps, which became the headquarters of Union General Rufus Ingalls. General Ingalls (1818-1893) was Chief Quartermaster for all Union armies operating around Richmond from 1864 through the war's end; he had selected City Point as a depot venue and oversaw the construction of the installation. There is one photograph of the office of Assistant Quarter Master E. J. Strang, the commander of the City Point repair operations. Other images in this series document the wharves, lumberyard, stables, and repair workshops, as well as the office of Colonel Bradley. There are several views of the General Hospital, and two views of the Government Bakery, which produced over 100,000 loaves of bread a day. Photographs of depot housing include the living quarters for carpenters and other workers, as well as the barracks that were home to the three thousand wharf hands employed to unload the boats. Riverside photographs show some of the transport steamers and ships that supplied the depot. In addition, there is one non-City Point image of the Hide and Fat Building at Cedar Level, which was located halfway to Petersburg on the City Point Railroad.

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by the area of the complex. The titles are contemporary and are affixed to the verso of the mounts.

Administrative buildings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [Appomattox Manor] Headquarters of Gen. [Rufus] Ingalls, Quarter Master
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Office, Capt. E.J. Strang, AQM
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Office, Col. [George] Bradley [and Provost Marshal's office]
1865 Jan.

Animal care

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Forage Depot (Small Issue)
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Mule stables
1865 Jan.

Bakery

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Government Bakery [general view]
1864 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Government Bakery South Side
1864 Dec.

Hospital, Army of Potomac

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 4 General View
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Commissary Building
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Headquarters
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Hospital Wharf and Steamers [supply boat Argo, transport steamer  Connecticut]
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Section View [row of tents]
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Wharf [and supply boat Planter]
1865 Jan.

Housing

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Barracks at Camp Distribution
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Barracks for Wharf Hands
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Carpenters Quarters
1864 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Men's Quarters at Gen. [Rufus] Ingall's Dept.
1865 Jan.

Miscellaneous buildings

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Commissary Building (Small Issue)
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Government Lumber Yard and Wharf
1864 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Hide and Fat Building [Cedar Level, Virginia]
1864 Nov.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Quarter Master's Store Houses
1865 Jan.

Ships

 

General note

See also: Folder 5

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Transport Neptune
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Transport Steamer [ Washington Irving]
1864 Dec.

Workshops

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Repairing Shop
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Workshops South Side
1865 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Workshops West Side
1865 Jan.

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