Quarter Plate Daguerreotype of Capt. Sylvester Nicholl, NY Marine Light Artillery, KIA
Extremely rare, Civil War-period quarter plate daguerreotype of Sylvester Nicholl in his captain's uniform, housed in full floral Union case. Ca 1861.
Nicholl enlisted in the Union Army as a captain on October 5, 1861. He commanded Company A, New York Marine Light Artillery, on board the USS Pickett. The Pickett was the smallest of A.E. Burnside's fleet warships. As an act of confidence, Burnside ordered the Pickett to be the first ship to lead an expedition of North Carolina to prove the "seaworthiness" of his seven armed propellers. All survived the expedition, but neither the Pickett nor its captain survived the war. On September 6, 1862 the Pickett suffered a detrimental explosion against enemy fire on the Tar River in Washington, NC. Eighteen men lost their lives that night, including Nicholl. The Pickett remained underwater until North Carolinian's rediscovered it in 1984. Unable to completely exhume the ship, divers salvaged over 500 artifacts from the wreckage with the hope of establishing a museum.
Very sharp image with great clarity, but there is some very minor moisture damage on the left side of the image. The case is in excellent condition. It has been recently resealed and possibly cleaned.