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Guide to the Civil War Photograph File
1861-1865, [1880-1889]
  PR 164

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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 23, 2015
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: War Scenes and Sites

Scope and Contents note

Series I. War Scenes and Sites contains views of battlefields, forts, and other places associated with war battles or events. About half of the images also show soldiers or other people; the rest are desolate empty scenes. The series includes three composite panorama photographs: a view of Gettysburg from Seminary Ridge; the Army of the Potomac at Cumberland Landing, Pamunkey, VA, May 1862; and a view of the Camp of the 40th Massachusetts Infantry at Miners Hill, VA.

Several photographs by New Hampshire photographer Henry P. Moore (1835-1911) can be found filed with views of South Carolina and Georgia. Moore took pictures of the locations where New Hampshire regiments were stationed in the 1862-1863 period. Moore's prints have a blue paper label affixed to the lower right of their mounts, though Moore's name has been cut from the label itself. Other photographs by Moore include views of the USS Wabash, marked and unmarked.

There are two sets (seven of nine numbered images) of card-mounted photographs taken at Fort Pulaski, Georgia, which are signed in the negative "Lt. P. Haas." Philip Haas was a second lieutenant in the 1st New York Engineers regiment who had worked as a daguerreotypist in New York City before enlisting. Lt. Haas appears to have taken on a partner at some point, and produced prints on mounts marked "Photo by Haas & Peale Morris Island & Hilton Head S.C.," and signed in the negative, "Haas & Peale." This collection holds five images (nos. 8, 12, 13, 17, and 32) from a series of photographs taken by the partners on the islands off South Carolina. The "South Carolina Morris Island" folder contains four images by Haas & Peale of buildings and installations, as well as one photograph of the "Swamp Angel."

This series also holds seven out of a set of eight photographs of the prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia, made in 1864 by Confederate photographer A. J. Riddle. They were issued on letterpress mount with descriptive captions.

The only view of Baltimore is one small photograph of the front gate of Fort McHenry showing a portion of the hospital.

One important set of photographs is thirteen views of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in Charleston Harbor, the work of an unidentified photographer. Each mount is labeled with a full description of the image and features an autographed approval note by the victorious Confederate Brigadier General Pierre T. Beaureguard (1818-1893). The photographs were made on April 15 and 16, 1861, just after the evacuation of the defeated Union forces. Many more images of both of these South Carolina forts can be found in Series V, "Brady's Album Gallery." A second set of three views of Fort Sumter are mammoth plate albumen prints mounted on letterpress sheets. Issued as commemoratives to be presented by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to Major General John A. Dix (1798-1879) as a guest at the ceremonies of restoring the national flag on the fort on April 14, 1865, all three mounts are inscribed by Brigadier General Richard Delafield (1798-1873) who was then Chief Engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The "Tennessee" folder holds an image labeled the "Rebel Saltpeter Source, the Nicojack Cave" in Marion County near Chattanooga, by Morse, a Nashville photographer. Saltpeter was a major component of gunpowder and Tennessee was a major supplier of this important resource.

Photographs of dead soldiers can be found filed in Sharpsburg, Petersburg, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Richmond, Manassas, Gettysburg, Antietam, and Cold Harbor.

Images are filed alphabetically by state.

District of Columbia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Washington
1863, undated

Georgia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Allatoona Pass, Atlanta, and Savannah
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Andersonville Prison, set of seven photographs by A. J. Riddle taken August 17, 1864
1865d
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Fort Pulaski
1863, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Fort Pulaski, two sets of photographs by Lt. Philip Haas
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Tybee Island
undated

Louisiana

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Alexandra
1864

Maryland

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Antietam (Sharpsburg) and Baltimore--Casualties
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Antietam (Sharpsburg) and Baltimore--General Views
undated

New York

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Fort Hamilton and Fort Lafayette
undated

North Carolina

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Fort Fisher
undated

Pennsylvania

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Gettysburg -- Casualties
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Gettysburg -- Round Top
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Gettysburg -- General Views
undated

South Carolina

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Edisto Island
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Folly Island
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Fort Sumter

General note

See also: Box 11, Folder 103

1865, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, Beauregard set
1861, Apr. 15-16
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Hilton Head
1864, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Morris Island and Folly Island
undated

Tennessee

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Miscellaneous views, including Chattanooga, Knoxville, Lookout Mountain, and Nashville
undated

Virginia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Alexandria
1864 Jun 12, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Appomatox area>
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Aquia Creek
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Belle Plain
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Brandy Station--Hospital
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Brandy Station--General Views
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Centreville
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Chancellorsville
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Charles City Courthouse
1864 Jun
Box: 3 Folder : 31 City Point
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Cold Harbor
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Cumberland Landing
1862 May
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Dutch Gap
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 35 Fairfax area
1861, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 36 Falls Church
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 37 Fort Brady
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 38 Fredericksburg
1863, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Gaines Mill
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Glendale (Fraser's Farm)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 41 James River
undated
Box: Folder : Jones Landing

General note

See: James River

Box: 4 Folder : 42 Manassas--Bull Run Creek area
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Manassas--General views, including Manassas Junction
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Miners Hill
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Petersburg--Fort Sedgwick and Fort Steadman
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Petersburg--General views
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Port Walthall Junction (Cobb's Hill, Redoubt Zabriskie)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Potomac River scenes
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Richmond
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Seven Pines (Fair Oaks)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Yorktown
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 52 Miscellaneous locations, including Jericho Mills on the North Anna River, and White House
undated

West Virginia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 53 Harper's Ferry
undated

Unidentified Views

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 54 General views
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 55 Special Equipment
undated

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