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    [Charles Ellet Jr.]. Group of Eight Photographs, Engravings, and Magazine Clippings. Charles Ellet Jr., a well-known civil engineer, was given the authorization to convert river towboats into a flotilla of powerful steam rams to operate mostly along the Mississippi River. Thus was born the United States Ram Fleet. He was appointed colonel of the unit and his son, Charles Rivers Ellet, was placed second in command. This collection contains four photographs (two albumens and two cartes de visite) of some of these riverboats, including a vignetted photograph of the Ram Switzerland. A pen notation on the verso identifies this as the ship to which "Col. Charles Ellet was removed to . . . after the battle of Memphis - and died upon her of his wounds. June 21st 1862." In addition to the photos, this lot also includes two engravings showing the ram fleet in action on the river, including during the Battle of Memphis.

    Also included are two magazine clippings. The first, a 5" x 5.25" caricature of Ellet removed from the December 28, 1861, issue of Harper's Weekly showing Ellet attempting to enter the house of Gen. George B. McClellan. The caption below reads, "An (Un) Civil Engineer. 'If he won't let me in, I'll Jerk the Bell out, or-or-or- I'll Publish a Pamphlet?" In 1855, Ellet, unable to get the Navy Department to listen to his ideas about a ram fleet, published his ideas in a pamphlet titled, Coast and Harbor Defenses, or the Substitution of Steam Battering Rams for Ships of War. The second, 6.5" x 4.75" contains an engraved picture of The Queen of the West in action at Vicksburg taken from the February 1866 issue of Harper's Magazine. Ellet was in command of The Queen of the West when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Memphis. All are in good or better condition.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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