Camp Life In Fredericksburg-1863, Albumen Photo
Camp Life in Fredericksburg-1863, Albumen Photograph by Gardner
4.25 x 3.25 in. outdoor albumen on larger mount showing eight members of General Hooker’s staff in animated mock combat beneath the inked caption, presumably in the hand of staff officer Captain Ulric Dahlgren. The image bears a printed Gardner & Gibson copy right in the year 1862…District of Columbia. Four of the eight participants in the frenzied photo are identified, keyed #1. through #5. corresponding to names inked on verso: 1.) Capt. U. Dahlgren (1842-1864). Son of Admiral John Dahlgren, Ulrich served primarily as a staff officer and was severely wounded on July 6, 1863 during a successful attack on a retreating Rebel supply train near Hagerstown after Gettysburg. Dahlgren’s notoriety springs from Kilpatrick’s daring Raid on Richmond in February 1864. Young Dahlgren commanded one of the marauding columns and was killed on March 2. The raid remains controversial to this day as documents said to have been found on Dahlgren’s body revealed a plan to burn Richmond and assassinate Jefferson Davis. 2.) Lt. Col. (Edward R.) Warner, 1st NY Light Artillery. USMA ’57 graduate with Army of the Potomac service, later brevetted for Gettysburg and Petersburg. 3.) Capt. (Harry) Russell, 47th NY, appointed ADC in October 1862, subsequent service in 59th NY. 4.) (unknown) Chief QuarterMr. 5.) Lt. (Ronald S.) Mackenzie (1840-1889), USMA ’62, 1st Engineer Battalion USA, subsequently Colonel, 2nd CT Heavy Artillery. Mackenzie earned an incredible eight brevets for his wartime service, including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and ended the war as a brevet major general. He subsequently became colonel of the 4th US Cavalry during the Indian Wars and achieved the rank of substantive brigadier general in the regular army before being retired in 1884 due to disability “in the line of duty.” The consignor originally obtained this photograph along with two wartime Dahlgren family letters and believes the albumen to have originated with the namesake colonel.
Albumen is sepia, somewhat light with soft contrast. Mount with blue-green double lined borders shows moderate foxing and soiling with irregularly trimmed edges.