Civil War CDV Album Featuring Soldiers of the 52nd U.S. Colored Troops
Leather album containing 35 CDVs and tintypes, featuring 26 portraits of officers and enlisted men from the 52nd U.S. Colored Troops, accompanied by civilian portraits. The majority of the military cartes were taken by Army photographer, D.P. Barr or Barr & Young, Vicksburg, MS, and one bears a Campbell & West, Vicksburg backmark.
Identified soldiers include: Lt. Col. Henry Rowan Brinkerhoff, signed on mount recto; Capt. George B. Magens and his wife, he rose from a pvt. to a capt. during his service in the Civil War; Capt. Martin Van Buren Haskins who rose from pvt. to a capt., signed on recto; Capt. Fredrick D. James, who enlisted as a pvt. and was slowly promoted to capt., signed on recto; Capt. Clarendon Kelly in his full uniform with sash, kepi, and saber, signed on the recto; Capt. Tolliver P. Vest (signed as 1st lt.) in his uniform with gloves, sash, saber, and slouch hat; an intimate portrait of 2nd Lt. David Kidd and 1st Lt. Thomas H. Everson, with their arms on each other's shoulders; 1st Lt. Garret V. Wood, who enlisted as a sergt., signed on the recto; Br. Maj. Nathaniel G. Clement of Co. A, who enlisted as a captain and was promoted in 1865, carte signed on recto; 1st Lt. of Co. H, Zalmon Hawley, carte signed on recto; carte signed on recto by 2nd Lt. Thomas V. Coddington who enlisted as a corp. in the OH 54th, and was promoted to 2nd lt. the day he was commissioned into Co. F of the 52nd; 2nd Lt. Maurice L. Whiteside, signed as lt. on the verso; 2nd Lt. Bennett F. Michael, signed on the recto; Asst. Surgeon Harris B. Osborn, signed on recto; 1st Lt. Fletcher W. Clark, signed on recto; with 11 unidentified views of officers, including two posed with their wives.
On March 11, 1864, the 52nd US Infantry was organized from the 2nd Mississippi Infantry. It was attached to the 1st division of the United States Colored Troops in the district of Vicksburg, MS in October of 1864. The 52nd saw action at Coleman's Plantation on Independence Day, 1864, and continued to stay and serve duties at various points in the Vicksburg, MS district and the Gulf until it mustered out on May 5, 1866.
Browning of some images, all are stamped on the back from photographers in Vicksburg. The CDV album has separation in its spine to the album.