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    An important image and possibly the only signed example extant.

    Most Rare, Signed Carte de Visite Portrait of Boatswain's Mate John Stocking, "The Unsung Hero of the Monitor." Stocking served with the Monitor during her historic engagement with the CSS Virginia, and was on board the ill-fated iron clad when she was being towed south by the USS Rhode Island. When the Monitor foundered during a storm, on the night of December 31, 1862, Stocking volunteered to go forward and attempt to cut through the heavy hawser connecting her to the Rhode Island. He was swept overboard and drowned, becoming one of the sixteen officers and men lost with the historic iron clad. Pencil signature on the verso, "Respectfully, J. Stocking" with backmark of Hinton's Gallery. Fine quality and condition.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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