DescriptionConfederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan Group of 3 Cartes de Visite. Each near 2.5" x 4". One features the Confederate admiral in U.S. uniform, thought to be taken in May 1861 following his resignation (with photographer's imprint on verso by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York from a "Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery"; tax stamp also on verso). Another CDV features Buchanan in his Confederate uniform (no photographer's imprint). The third features the admiral with overcoat, cane, and top hat (verso contains an imprint from Stanton & Butler of Baltimore, along with notations and a tax stamp). Very minor soiling to each. One bears in ink in the lower margin, "Adm. Franklin Buchanan C.S.N." Another bears tiny clips to upper corners.
Marylander Franklin Buchanan (1800 - 1874) cast aside a stellar career in the U.S. Navy when he resigned in favor of the Confederacy. First serving in the War of 1812, Buchanan had been superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and was with Perry's expedition to Japan. His great moment in gray came when he commanded the ironclad Merrimack during her famous duel with the Monitor. Buchanan was injured during the battle.
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