CINCINNATI, Ohio — A potent collection of 19th-century photographs, documents, correspondence and more come to market Thursday, November 30 in Hindman’s American Historical Ephemera & Photography sale. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Fresh with gold fever, William J. Jewell (1818-1885) left his wife and children behind in Michigan in 1852 to head to the gold fields in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Jewell kept a diary and all his correspondence, which helps date these two daguerreotypes he had commissioned of him and his claim at Poverty Bar, California (which since 1962 has been at the bottom of Camanche Reservoir). Captured with remarkable clarity, the two images show Jewell as the central figure, pushing a wheelbarrow to the Long Tom sluice box, and in another view, panning for gold. The daguerreotypes are estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

The second highest-ranking officer to be killed in the American Civil War, General James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1864) fell at the battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. His death was a major blow to the Union Army, and he was widely mourned by Generals U. S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. In a touch of pathos, the commanding officer of the Confederate forces at the battle, General John Bell Hood, expressed remorse, remarking on the death of his West Point “classmate and boyhood friend.” This is the only known daguerreotype of McPherson, and it is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Descended directly in the family of General Nelson Appleton Miles (1839-1925) are U.S. Army Cavalry regimental colors from the Indian Wars period (1870s-1890s). Miles was a Civil War hero, Medal of Honor recipient, and leader of major U.S. Army operations during the Indian Wars. Though he commanded infantry, he had numerous Cavalry (horse-mounted troops) attached to his units. The colors are estimated at $8,000-$10,000.