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    Remarkable Albumen Photograph of a Late War Prisoner Exchange, 11½" x 8¾", Imprinted on Verso by French and Company, Vicksburg, Mississippi, April, 1865. Union and Confederate officers are seated outdoors at a table negotiating amid ten standing witnesses. The onlookers are composed of seven very serious officers in blue and three equally purposeful envoys in gray. The two men at the extreme left and right hold white flags of truce. The scene is best explained by a period penciled caption on the verso. It reads: "Federal and Confederate officers connected with Camp Fiske at Four Mile Bridge (Vicksburg) for paroled exchange of prisoners - from which the last shipment of paroled Union wounded (2134) were sent to their homes - on board the ill-fated steamer 'Sultana', about 1900 lives lost. April 27th 1865 Property of F. A. Roziene [the signature in ink]". A roster of those present follows and includes Roziene, who is fourth from the left. A very few minor chips and scratches, none of which affect the subjects. Overall fine condition.

    A remarkable image and surely one of the last photographs executed of uniformed Confederates on active duty. The fact that they are in the process of releasing prisoners for passage aboard the ill fated Sultana makes the scene even more poignant. The overloaded Sultana, bound for the north, exploded near Memphis, the result of over worked boilers. An estimated 1800 of the 2400 passengers died when she sank; the legal capacity was only 376 passengers. A great Civil War photograph of considerable historic import.

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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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