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Lot 564

KY Civil War CDV lot, inc. Searles Davis Camp Douglas

Estimate: $500 - $600

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Collection of 16 Kentucky related Civil War era CDV photographs, taken from an album found in Bardstown, KY. Subjects identified by pencil inscriptions clipped from respective album pages, and en verso of the photographs, including:  Searles Davis of the 2nd Regt., KY Cavalry, in uniform, likely after being taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, having the backstamp of Camp Douglas photographer D.F. Brandon, plus 1 CDV of a man in civilian clothes also identified as Searles Davis with Campbell & Ecker, Louisville backstamp; Gus Lewis (in uniform, T.M. Schleier's gallery, Nashville backstamp); Sgt. William E. Brown (in uniform, autographed); James McKay (likely of 2nd KY Cavalry); Joe Hagan (likely 7th Ky Cavalry, with Elrod's Louisville backstamp; Joe Calvert (1st KY Inf.); Jimmie Lewis (possibly 8th KY Cavalry); Frank Lewis (Campbell & Ecker, Louisville backstamp); John M. Lewis (possibly 8th KY Cavalry); and 2 unidentified men in civilian clothes, one with blurred backstamp Palais Royale and "Paris [TN] Sept 10th 1863" inscribed in pencil and the other with S. Heineman Louisville backstamp. Also included are CDVs with printed images of President Andrew Johnson, Confederate Generals, Admiral Raphael Semmes, and Abraham Lincoln reading to his son. Note: The Davis and Lewis families were inter-related and lived in the Daviess and Nelson Counties of Kentucky. The Filson Historical Society owns a collection of papers containing letters between the families, including letters written during Searles Davis's imprisonments at Camp Chase, Ohio and Camp Douglas, Illinois.  Camp Douglas was established in the fall of 1861 as a training camp and staging center for Union forces. The site, south of Chicago, was named for the property's owner, Stephen A. Douglas. In 1862 the camp was hastily adapted to serve as a prison for Confederate soldiers captured by Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, probably including Searles Davis. For a time, it was the largest military prison in the North, and by the war's end had contained an estimated total of more than 26,000 men. 

PROVENANCE: Private Kentucky collection. 


Light toning and toning, handling wear, some with corner losses. 

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