George Kane, Politician and Police Marshal During 1861 Baltimore Riot, CDV, Tintype, & Cover
Lot of 3 items relating to Maryland politician and Baltimore police marshall, George Proctor Kane including a gem sized tintype of Kane; CDV by Tanner & Vanness Photographers in Lynchburg, VA; and an illustrated cover featuring Kane's standing portrait in front of a gruesome scene comprised of dead bodies and smoking alters captioned Secession and Union.
Kane (1820-1878) was an imposing figure who commanded the respect of many in Baltimore. In 1860, the local officials elected him "Marshall of Police" to straighten out the crooked city. Barely a year into his position, Detective Allan Pinkerton uncovered a plot to assassinate President Lincoln while he was traveling through Baltimore. Despite the threat of danger, someone overheard Kane say he refused to send police escorts for the new president. Whether or not his claims were serious, Pinkerton did not trust the "rabid rebel" and made alternative travel arrangements.
Four months later, in June of 1861, an unruly mob of Confederate sympathizers and anti-war activists attacked Union troops headed South. Despite his Southern sympathies, Kane guarded the troops. Shortly after the riots, however, Gen. Benjamin Butler arrested Kane on suspicion of protecting the illegal trafficking of arms. He was detained at Fort Warren and Lafayette until 1862. Immediately after his release, he retreated to VA until the end of the war. He returned to Baltimore and was elected mayor, but died two years into his term in 1878.
Toning of the cover paper and browning of the CDV image.