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John Langdon Ward Lantern Slides Collection

 

(Mss. 4875)

 

Inventory

 

Created by

Mark E. Martin

 

 

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

 

 

2003

 

 

Contents of inventory

 

Summary

 

Biographical/Historical Note

 

Scope and Content Note

 

Index Terms

 

Container List  

 

Item Level Descriptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Size.

107 glass lantern slides in wooden cases

 

 

Geographic

 

locations.

Louisiana

 

 

Inclusive

 

dates.

ca. 1880

 

 

Languages.

English.

 

 

Summary.

The collection consists of one hundred seven (107) lantern slides documenting the aftermath of the Siege of Port Hudson, 23 May – 09 July 1863. John Langdon Ward may have created these slides dating from circa 1880.

 

 

Access.

Some restrictions apply. The glass lantern slides in this collection may only be accessed with advanced permission of the curatorial staff.

 

 

Copyright.

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.

 

 

Citation.

Ward Glass Slide Collection, Mss. 4875, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

 

 

Stack

 

location.  

65:09

 

 

 

Biographical/Historical Note

 

John Langdon Ward, born October 25, 1841, was commissioned Captain of the 50th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, 15 September 1862. Ordered with the regiment to Louisiana, he served with the 19th Corps through the siege of Port Hudson. Ward was commissioned Major of the 3rd Infantry Corps d’Afrique (the third Regiment of black troops in the United States, changed to 75th United States Colored Infantry July 24, 1863). He was detailed to the staff of the Corps under General George L. Andrews as Commissary of Musters. When the Corps organization was broken up Ward resigned his commission, July 21, 1864, and moved to New York City where he studied and eventually practiced law.

 

Lantern slides were a widespread form of entertainment in the 19th and early-20th centuries. A lantern slide consists of a glass plate containing a positive image developed in gelatin, wet-, or dry-plate collodion, a clear cover glass to protect the image, sometimes a paper or painted border, and the whole bound together with paper tape running around the edges. The positive could be contact printed or enlarger/reducer printed from a negative. Sets of slides could be purchased from many different vendors or the photographic hobbyist could produce their own. Slide manufacturing kits containing the sensitized photographic plate, the cover glass, borders, and tape could be purchased for home use.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The John Langdon Ward Lantern Slides Collection, Mss 4875, consists of one-hundred seven (107) glass lantern slides, 3.25” x 4.00”, housed in three (3) slide boxes holding fifty-one (51) slides each. The first box holds slides 1 – 51; the second box holds slides 52 – 99 with two (2) slides marked “98” now designated “98a” and “98b;” the third box holds slides 100 – 106. The images contain reproductions of two maps showing the positions of Federal and Confederate forces in and around Port Hudson, interior and exterior views of the citadel after its fall, views of Federal encampments outside the citadel, and some of the Federal troops involved with the siege. There are also a very limited number of slides showing other locations and topics.

 

Twenty (20) of the lantern slide images appear in two other collections (Dunham, Mss 3241, and Port Hudson Carte de Visites, Mss 4877) of albumen carte de visite (CDV) photographs created circa 1863. Of these twenty CDVs, eighteen (18) carry the backstamp of McPherson & Oliver, photographers.

 

 

INDEX TERMS

 

African Americans--Pictorial works

Baton Rouge (La.)--Pictorial works

Batteries (Ordinance)--Mississippi--Vicksburg--Pictorial works

Child soldiers--United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works

Children--Pictorial works

Fugitive slaves--United States--Louisiana--Pictorial works

Hypertrophic scars--Pictorial works

Lighthouses--Florida--Barrancas--Pictorial works

Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.)--Pictorial works

Pleasant Hill (La.)--Pictorial works

Port Hudson (La.)--History--Siege, 1863--Pictorial works

Red River Expedition, 1864--Pictorial works

Slaves--United States--Pictorial works

St. Maurice (Steamer)--Pictorial works

Street photography--Louisiana--Baton Rouge--Pictorial works

U.S.S. Essex (Gunboat)--Pictorial works

U.S.S. Mississippi (Gunboat)--Pictorial works

United States. Army--African American troops-- Pictorial works

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial works

Vicksburg (Miss.)--Siege, 1863--Pictorial works

Waterfronts--Louisiana--Baton Rouge--Pictorial works

 

 

CONTAINER LIST

 

Stack

 

 

 

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

 

 

 

65:09

1

Series I.

Lantern slides, 1 – 51

 

2

Series II.

Lantern slides, 52 – 99

 

3

Series III.

Lantern slides, 100 – 106

 

Item level Description of John Langdon Ward Lantern Slides

Photographer unknown for all slides; all slides size 3.25” x 4.00”

 

Collection Number:

4875001

Title:

U. S. Engineer's Battle Map - Port Hudson, 1863

Notes:

135 mi N of New Orleans

 

 

Collection Number:

4875002

Title:

Map of Porrt Hudson defenders (Rebel)

Notes:

21 heavy cannon, 50 guns all

 

 

Collection Number:

4875003

Title:

Saw-mill at Ross, or Mt. Pleasant Landing.

Notes:

50 miles S of Sheveport [sic] April 9, 1864 last battle in south before Trans-Miss Depart surrender May 26 1865.

 

 

 

[The last major battle of the Red River Campaign took place 09 April 1864 at Pleasant Hill, not Mount Pleasant. On 12 April 1864 Union and Confederate forces fought a small engagement at Blair's Landing, also called Pleasant Hill Landing, on the Red River. This image may be Pleasant Hill itself rather than Blair's Landing. mem]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875004

Title:

Citadel near the water’s edge.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241139, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487701. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875005

Title:

Interior view Citadel looking South.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875006

Title:

Entrance to the mine under the Citadel on the extreme South.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241147, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487702. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875007

Title:

Part of Major Bayley’s 17 gun battery (Ours).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875008

Title:

Capt. Grimsby’s Battery (Indiana) (Battery 24).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875009

Title:

Indiana Battery (Battery 24).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875010

Title:

Another part of Major Bayley’s Battery (56).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875011

Title:

Looking towards our 17 gun battery (Bayley’s 24).

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241143. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

Collection Number:

4875012

Title:

Looking towards our 17 gun battery showing gopher holes.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241145. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

Collection Number:

4875013

Title:

Still another

Notes:

how fortify [See Dunham, 3241158. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875014

Title:

Inside the Citadel.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875015

Title:

Another view.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241152, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487703. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875016

Title:

Interior near 11.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875017

Title:

Small detached work near Citadel (showing approaches). Camp of 6th Michigan in the distance

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875018

Title:

View across a ravine inside – Camp 6th Michigan.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875019

Title:

Inside the large detached work on the South – opposite Bough’s Battery 21, siege Howitzers.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875020

Title:

Interior of large detached work on the South.

Notes:

notice guns

 

 

Collection Number:

4875021

Title:

Interior of works on our left – opposite Battery 20 – Roy.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875022

Title:

Interior view as the rebels left it – Augur’s front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875023

Title:

Lady Davis – to the right of the Jackson Sally-port. Augur’s front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875024

Title:

Another view.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241141. This CDV carries no imprint.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875025

Title:

Still another.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241133, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487704. The PHCDV CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875026

Title:

Capt. Mack’s Battery (Battery 11).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875027

Title:

32 disabled by Mack’s Battery.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241134. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875028

Title:

Same.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875029

Title:

Rebel 32, in an excavated Battery – struck eleven consecutive times by a 20 pdr. parrot at 150 yards.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875030

Title:

Naval Battery (9 inch) (Battery 10).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875031

Title:

Section of Central Sap.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875032

Title:

Cavalliere – taken from Central Sap.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875033

Title:

Interior view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875034

Title:

Capt. Coxe’s Battery (1 [x-ed through] Battery 9).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875035

Title:

Weitzel’s battle ground – June 14th.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875036

Title:

32 looking towards Grover’s front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875037

Title:

Capt. Bainbridge’s Battery (Battery 8).

Notes:

notice makeshift shelter fortifications

 

 

Collection Number:

4875038

Title:

Interior view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875039

Title:

Interior view (opposite Bainbridge ?).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875040

Title:

Scene in front of Bainbridge’s Battery.

Notes:

destruction [See Dunham, 3241137. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875041

Title:

Part of the rebel works.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875042

Title:

View on the extreme North, where the colored troops charged May 27, 1864 – charging from the woods to the hill.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875043

Title:

Looking from inside the rebel works over the same field.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 324142 & 3241136. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875044

Title:

Interior.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875045

Title:

Interior view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875046

Title:

Interior view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875047

Title:

Interior view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875048

Title:

Interior view

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241154 & 3241156, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487705. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875049

Title:

An uncomfortable spot inside.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875050

Title:

Another one.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875051

Title:

On the bluff by the River.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875052

Title:

Interior view on the bluff looking South.

Notes:

fortifications

 

 

Collection Number:

4875053

Title:

Interior [near 11 – lined through, looking North – penciled in]

Notes:

tents

 

 

Collection Number:

4875054

Title:

Inside on the River.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875055

Title:

Interior – River front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875056

Title:

A case of false pretenses on the water front.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241153, and Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487706. These CDVs carry the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875057

Title:

Interior River front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875058

Title:

Interior view, River front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875059

Title:

Some of the Navy’s handiwork on the water front.

Notes:

[See Port Hudson CDVs (PHCDV), 487707. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875060

Title:

Interior view – River front.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875061

Title:

Under the bluff looking South.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875062

Title:

River bottom under the bluff, looking South.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875063

Title:

Interior.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875064

Title:

R.R. Depot and engine, used to grind corn.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241140. This CDV carries no imprint.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875065

Title:

Church used as a granary.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241146. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

Collection Number:

4875066

Title:

Rebel huts.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241157. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers.]

Collection Number:

4875067

Title:

Piles of salt barrels left by rebels.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875068

Title:

Branch of the Post Hospital.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875069

Title:

Post Guard House.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875070

Title:

Another view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875071

Title:

Hospital 11th Regt. C. d’A. [Corps d’Afrique]

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875072

Title:

Major Geo. B. Halsted’s quarters.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875073

Title:

Park of captured cannon.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241129. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers, and the inscription, "after sur."]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875074

Title:

9-inch Dahlgren’s on the navel Battery slung for transportation.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241155. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers, and inscription, "off the Richmond."]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875075

Title:

Battery of field mortars.

Notes:

[See Dunham, 3241135. This CDV carries the imprint of McPherson & Oliver, Photographers, and the inscription, "Mort Batt."]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875076

Title:

Headquarters 1st Brig. 1st Div. Corps d’Afrique, Col. Dickey.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875077

Title:

Headquarters 2 Brig. 1st Div, Corps d’Afrique, Col. Hamlin.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875078

Title:

Hdqrs. 2d Brig. 2d Div. Corps d’Afrique, Col. Goodrich.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875079

Title:

Col. Goodrich’s Camp – Headquarters 2n Brig., 2d Div., Col. Goodrich.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875080

Title:

Camp 10 Regt. Corps d’Afrique – Col. L. L. Zulavsky.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875081

Title:

Group of Officers 10 Regt. Corps d’Afrique.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875082

Title:

Part of outer line, 1864.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875083

Title:

Battery No. 1 (’64).

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875084

Title:

Battery No. 3 (’64), near Jackson Sally-port.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875085

Title:

Detached work, 1864.

Notes:

guns

 

 

Collection Number:

4875086

Title:

Another view.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875087

Title:

Works in [‘]64 Camps in distance.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875088

Title:

Barnes’ Battery Camp.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875089

Title:

Co. [?]  (Capt. Merritt’s) 76 U.S.C.T. [lined through]

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875090

Title:

The Mississippi.

Notes:

burned Mar 14, 1863 when ran aground while carrying guns for union to Pt. Hudson because ran aground [sic]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875091

Title:

The Essex.

Notes:

Ironclad – damaged on Feb 21, 1863 trying to take Fort Henry on Tenn River.

 

 

Collection Number:

4875092

Title:

An old timer on the River. [St. Maurice]

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875093

Title:

The Capitol at Baton Rouge.

Notes:

[Fire gutted the Capitol on the night of 30 December 1863.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875094

Title:

Angur’s [sic] Headquarters at Baton Rouge.

Notes:

[Dunham, 3241111, q.v., identifies this as General Grover's headquarters (Louisiana State Bank)]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875095

Title:

Scene near Baton Rouge.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875096

Title:

600 Miles through swamp and cane brake to fight for freedom.

Notes:

[This is a full-length standing portrait of an approximately 12 year-old male black child dressed in rags. He stands on a bare wooden floor in front of a canvas backdrop looking at the camera.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875097

Title:

Taylor – drummer 78th U.S.C.T.

Notes:

[This is a full-length standing portrait of an approximately 12 year-old male black child dressed as a Union Army drummer. He stands on a bare wooden floor in front of a canvas backdrop looking at the camera.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875098a

Title:

The beneficent institution – a record that is conclusive in its own handwriting.

Notes:

[A black man, naked from the waist up, sits with his back to the camera. His back is covered with hypertrophic scars as a result of being lashed.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875098b

Title:

Group of officers 10 Regt. Corp d’Afrique.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875099

Title:

Light House at Barrancas, Fla.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875100

Title:

Fort Hill – Vicksburg.

Notes:

none

 

 

Collection Number:

4875101

Title:

Bridge of boats over the Atchafalaya

Notes:

river carrying water from Red & Miss river to sea : used in Red River campaign [This is a photographic reproduction of an engraving.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875102

Title:

View above the falls at Alexandria

Notes:

west bank of Red River.  [This is a photographic reproduction of an engraving.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875103

Title:

Building the dam at Alexandria.

Notes:

so gunboats could get over rapids.  [This is a photographic reproduction of an engraving.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875104

Title:

Steamer passing over the dam

Notes:

 [This is a photographic reproduction of an engraving.]

 

 

Collection Number:

4875105

Title:

View of field from behind defensive works.

Notes:

This slide unnumbered.

 

 

Collection Number:

4875106

Title:

View of field with encampment in the distance.

Notes:

This slide unnumbered.