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    Remarkable Albumen Photograph of a Late War Prisoner Exchange, 11.5" x 8.75", imprinted on verso by French and Company, Vicksburg, Mississippi, April, 1865. Union and Confederate officers are seated at an outdoor 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 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 toning, fine condition.

    This photograph was probably taken in mid to late April of 1865 and as such is surely one of the last images of uniformed Confederates on active duty. The fact that they are in the process of releasing POWs for passage aboard the Sultana's final, infamous journey makes the scene even more special. The Sultana, bound for the North with overworked boilers, blew up near Memphis with a casualty rate close to that described above. The steamboat had a legal capacity of 376 passengers. A rare and important image.


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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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