Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Views of Cairo, Illinois, and Fort Prentiss during the Civil War

About this Item

Title
Views of Cairo, Illinois, and Fort Prentiss during the Civil War
Summary
Photographs of Cairo, Illinois believed to have been taken in 1861 soon after the start of the Civil War when Union troops established military installations in the city. Views are from an elevated vantage point. Six numbered prints, when placed side-by-side, form a panoramic-like sweep of Cairo, showing the levee, Ohio River, Fort Prentiss, the railroad depot, and the business section. Four additional views show troops at Camp Smith and the guns at "Fort Prentiss" (renamed Fort Defiance in the Summer or Fall of 1861).
Created / Published
1861?
Subject Headings
-  Forts & fortifications--Union--Illinois--Cairo--1860-1870
-  Military facilities--Union--Illinois--Cairo--1860-1870
-  Military personnel--Union--Illinois--Cairo--1860-1870
-  Levees--Illinois--Cairo--1860-1870
-  Cairo (Illinois)--1860-1870
-  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military facilities--Union--Illinois--Cairo
Format Headings
Salted paper prints--1860-1870.
Genre
Salted paper prints--1860-1870
Notes
-  Group title devised by Library staff.
-  Mounts include pencilled inscriptions identifying key sites depicted in the images.
-  These photographs lack photographer imprints. Prints may have been taken by Illinois photographers Munn and Faul (based on a similar photograph of the steamboat Cumberland, bearing a Munn & Faul imprint, which sold at auction in 2010).
-  Possibly originally part of a set of 12 photographs.
-  Purchase; William L. Schaeffer; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:173).
Medium
10 photographic prints : varnished salted paper ; images 18 x 22 cm, on mounts 23 x 27 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
LOT 14046 (H) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Library of Congress Control Number
2011646609
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
10 photographic prints : varnished salted paper ; images 18 x 22 cm, on mounts 23 x 27 cm. | Photographs of Cairo, Illinois believed to have been taken in 1861 soon after the start of the Civil War when Union troops established military installations in the city. Views are from an elevated vantage point. Six numbered prints, when placed side-by-side, form a panoramic-like sweep of Cairo, showing the levee, Ohio River, Fort Prentiss, the railroad depot, and the business section. Four additional views show troops at Camp Smith and the guns at "Fort Prentiss" (renamed Fort Defiance in the Summer or Fall of 1861).
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https://lccn.loc.gov/2011646609
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Views of Cairo, Illinois, and Fort Prentiss during the Civil War. Cairo Illinois United States, 1861. ?. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2011646609/.

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(1861) Views of Cairo, Illinois, and Fort Prentiss during the Civil War. Cairo Illinois United States, 1861. ?. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2011646609/.

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Views of Cairo, Illinois, and Fort Prentiss during the Civil War. ?. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2011646609/>.