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Three CDVs of Identified Brown Water Navy Officers, Incl. Andrew Boyd Cummings, DOWRIA Vicksburg

Lot of 3 uncredited cartes de visite, including:

CDV of Andrew Boyd Cummings, with pencil inscription reading, "Lieut. Commdr / Cummings Killed on board the Richmond at Port Hudson." Pictured wearing the uniform of a lieutenant commander (instituted 7/16/62), including the obsolete dress fore and aft cap, Cummings had a decade of sea service by the time the war commenced. In mid-1861 he returned from the Mediterranean Station aboard the steam sloop Richmond and assumed the position of executive as the ship refitted and steamed for the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Blockade duty. Cummings was present during the capture of New Orleans and served as lieutenant commander on subsequent operations on the lower Mississippi. On March 14, 1863, Cummings was wounded during Richmond's attempt to pass the water batteries at Vicksburg and died of his injuries four days later. The location of this officer's demise is incorrectly identified on the carte.

CDV identified in modern pencil on verso as, "William Byrn," who was a wartime commission as acting assistant paymaster 3/31/63, discharged 12/4/65. During Flag Officer Farragut's campaign to capture New Orleans and the Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Paymaster Byrn served aboard the USS Pinola as captain's clerk, receiving specific mention in that vessel's commanding officer's report dated April 26, 1862.

CDV of young officer identified on verso in period ink, "Yours / Truly / Fredr G. Sampson / Masters Mate / US Gunboat Essex." Frederick G. Sampson was also a wartime commission: acting ensign 10/1/62, acting master 7/18/64, discharged 11/22/65. Nothing else is known of Sampson's service other than his time aboard the famed USS Essex. Lengthy notation regarding the ship reads in part, "The ironclad gunboat Essex was involved in Mississippi River operations against Port Hudson and Vicksburg...Participated in capture of Natchez...Helped cripple CSS Arkansas to point of its destruction by Confederates."

Provenance: The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection
CDV in soft focus, else near EXC with strong corners.Vignette in soft focus with slightly dented corners, near EXC. Sampson carte with strong tones and good clarity, mount soiled with dented corners, still near VG.
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Three CDVs of Identified Brown Water Navy Officers,

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