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ISAAC BONSALL CIVIL WAR 20th Indiana Battery 1863

Lot 3222 Details

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ISAAC H. BONSALL. The 20th Indiana Battery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, c. 1863. 9.9x12.3" albumen print, mounted on 14.9x17.8" original board. Printed c. 1863. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: The 20th Indiana Battery Chattanooga Tenn. / I.H. Bonsall, photographer.

A rare and important print by one of the Civil War's most talented photographers. One collection of Bonsall's work has been found in the last 40 years and this large view is a brilliant example of his work.

Isaac H. Bonsall (1833-1909), an ambrotypist and photographer active in Leavenworth, KS, about 1858-1860, Kansas City, KS after 1860, and Cincinnati, Ohio, from about 1862-1865, served in the Army of the Cumberland as a photographer beginning in September 1862. He apprenticed under Mathew Brady. Initially, his duties were to photograph maps at their headquarters in Cincinnati, but he later traveled with the army to Tennessee and Georgia, broadening his subjects to include portraiture and Civil War-related landscapes. During the Union Army's six-month siege of Chattanooga, TN in 1863, Bonsall spent much of his time photographing the areas surrounding nearby battle sites, including Lookout Mountain, where the Army of the Cumberland contributed to the Union victory on November 24, 1863.

Following the Civil War, Bonsall ran a photography studio in Cincinnati, listed as being open from 1869-1871, but moved to Arkansas City, KS, in 1872, where he set up a gallery, photographing everything from street scenes to "Boomers" before they departed for Oklahoma Territory.

Bonsall was teacher to photographer William S. Prettyman, who subsequently became a primary source for photographs of American Indians in the Indian Territory. Although Bonsall also produced images of American Indians at this time, it has been said that his age kept him from traveling around the Indian Territory and from becoming a forerunner in American Indian photography.

Provenance: artist to Lawrence Gray, a descendant of Bonsall; estate of Lawrence Gray to an Indian artifacts dealer; Andrew Smith Gallery.

The 20th Independent Battery Light Artillery was organized at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in September 19, 1862. Left State for Henderson, Ky., December 17, 1862. Attached to District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to May, 1863. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Unattached, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Artillery, Provisional Division, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. Garrison Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

Service: Duty at Henderson Ky., and in the District of Western Kentucky until May, 1863. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there until October 5, 1863. Refitted and assigned to guard duty along Nashville & Chattanooga R. R. until March 5, 1864. Moved to Bridgeport, Ala., March 5, and garrison duty there until July. Ordered to the field and Joined 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, south of the Chattahoochie River, Georgia. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 1-26. Action near Atlanta October 30. Moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., November 5, thence to Nashville, Tenn. Battles of Nashville December 15-16. Duty at Courtland, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn., until June, 1865. Mustered out June 28, 1865.

Battery lost during service 7 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 24 enlisted men by disease. Total 25.

http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/uninarty.htm#20th
Condition
Very good. Print shows moderate wear; light abrasions, and some tiny brown spots on print surface. Mount shows moderate edge wear, small pinholes in corners, and overall smudging and staining.
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ISAAC BONSALL CIVIL WAR 20th Indiana Battery 1863

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Lot 3222 Details

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ISAAC H. BONSALL. The 20th Indiana Battery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, c. 1863. 9.9x12.3" albumen print, mounted on 14.9x17.8" original board. Printed c. 1863. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: The 20th Indiana Battery Chattanooga Tenn. / I.H. Bonsall, photographer.

A rare and important print by one of the Civil War's most talented photographers. One collection of Bonsall's work has been found in the last 40 years and this large view is a brilliant example of his work.

Isaac H. Bonsall (1833-1909), an ambrotypist and photographer active in Leavenworth, KS, about 1858-1860, Kansas City, KS after 1860, and Cincinnati, Ohio, from about 1862-1865, served in the Army of the Cumberland as a photographer beginning in September 1862. He apprenticed under Mathew Brady. Initially, his duties were to photograph maps at their headquarters in Cincinnati, but he later traveled with the army to Tennessee and Georgia, broadening his subjects to include portraiture and Civil War-related landscapes. During the Union Army's six-month siege of Chattanooga, TN in 1863, Bonsall spent much of his time photographing the areas surrounding nearby battle sites, including Lookout Mountain, where the Army of the Cumberland contributed to the Union victory on November 24, 1863.

Following the Civil War, Bonsall ran a photography studio in Cincinnati, listed as being open from 1869-1871, but moved to Arkansas City, KS, in 1872, where he set up a gallery, photographing everything from street scenes to "Boomers" before they departed for Oklahoma Territory.

Bonsall was teacher to photographer William S. Prettyman, who subsequently became a primary source for photographs of American Indians in the Indian Territory. Although Bonsall also produced images of American Indians at this time, it has been said that his age kept him from traveling around the Indian Territory and from becoming a forerunner in American Indian photography.

Provenance: artist to Lawrence Gray, a descendant of Bonsall; estate of Lawrence Gray to an Indian artifacts dealer; Andrew Smith Gallery.

The 20th Independent Battery Light Artillery was organized at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in September 19, 1862. Left State for Henderson, Ky., December 17, 1862. Attached to District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to May, 1863. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Unattached, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to July, 1864. Artillery Brigade, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Artillery, Provisional Division, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. Garrison Artillery, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

Service: Duty at Henderson Ky., and in the District of Western Kentucky until May, 1863. Ordered to Nashville, Tenn., and duty there until October 5, 1863. Refitted and assigned to guard duty along Nashville & Chattanooga R. R. until March 5, 1864. Moved to Bridgeport, Ala., March 5, and garrison duty there until July. Ordered to the field and Joined 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, south of the Chattahoochie River, Georgia. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 1-26. Action near Atlanta October 30. Moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., November 5, thence to Nashville, Tenn. Battles of Nashville December 15-16. Duty at Courtland, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn., until June, 1865. Mustered out June 28, 1865.

Battery lost during service 7 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 24 enlisted men by disease. Total 25.

http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/uninarty.htm#20th
Condition
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Very good. Print shows moderate wear; light abrasions, and some tiny brown spots on print surface. Mount shows moderate edge wear, small pinholes in corners, and overall smudging and staining.

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