CARTE DE VISITE (CDV) with caption on mount: LEARNING IS WEALTH. WILSON, CHARLEY, REBECCA & ROSA, Slaves from New Orleans. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1864, by S. TACKABERRY, in the Clerks Office of the U. For the Southern District of New-York.The nett proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted to the educated of colored people in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Approximately 4 x 2 3/8 inches. Photo: Dark marks and other soiling.
Upper right corner is no longer affixed to mount. Upper right corner has a crease, is no longer affixed to mount, and is missing the tip. A tiny tear at bottom edge, left side. A horizontal crease at left, from edge through Rebecca's arm.
A few spots and light soiling on front. Spots and soiling on back. THE STORY BEHIND THE CDV: The tour and photographs were the result of a joint effort by the Union military specifically the Department of the Gulf under Maj.
Banks the American Missionary Association, and the National Freedmens Relief Association. But their larger aim was to bolster white Northern support for the war and inspire sympathy for former slaves in the South. Indeed, the photographs appeared at a time when desertions, in the North and South, were frequent, and the population fatigued beyond measure. The photographic campaign was, it seems, a renewed call to arms. What such a campaign implied, of course, was that images of formerly enslaved black children were not enough to spur many Northerners to boost their support for the war and aid freed people in need.Indeed, these images serve as a remarkable reflection of just how much race shaped many Americans stake in the bloody conflict. (source: New York Times , January 30, 2014, The Young White Faces of Slavery, by Mary Niall Mitchell). Biographies appeared in Harpers Weekly , January 30, 1864. Here is the information that was printed on Wilson, Charley, Rebecca, and Rosa. Wilson Chinn is about 60 years old, he was raised by Isaac Howard of Woodford County, Kentucky. Marmillion, a sugar planter about 45 miles above New Orleans.
This man was accustomed to brand his negroes, and Wilson has on his forehead the letters V. Of the 210 slaves on this plantation 105 left at one time and came into the Union camp. Thirty of them had been branded like cattle with a hot iron, four of them on the forehead, and the others on the breast or arm. Charles Taylor is eight years old.His complexion is very fair, his hair light and silky. Three out of five boys in any school in New York are darker than he. This man fled at the approach of our army, and his slaves were liberated by General Butler.
The boy is decidedly intelligent, and though he has been at school less than a year he reads and writes very well. These three children, to all appearance of unmixed white race, came to Philadelphia last December, and were taken by their protector, Mr. Lawrence Hotel on Chestnut Street. Within a few hours, Mr.
Bacon informed me, he was notified by the landlord that they must therefore be colored persons, and he kept a hotel for white people. From this hospitable establishment the children were taken to the Continental, where they were received without hesitation.Rebecca Huger is eleven years old, and was a slave in her fathers house, the special attendant of a girl a little older than herself. To all appearance she is perfectly white. Her complexion, hair, and features show not the slightest trace of negro blood. In the few months during which she has been at school she has learned to read well, and writes as neatly as most children of her age. Her mother and grandmother live in New Orleans, where they support themselves comfortably by their own labor.
The grandmother, an intelligent mulatto, told Mr. Bacon that she had raised a large family of children, but these are all that are left to her.
Rosina Downs is not quite seven years old. She is a fair child, with blonde complexion and silky hair. Her father is in the rebel army.
She has one sister as white as herself, and three brothers who are darker. Her mother, a bright mulatto, lives in New Orleans in a poor hut, and has hard work to support her family. The item "BLACK WHITE NEW ORLEANS SLAVE FREED SLAVES CIVIL WAR CDV LEARNING IS WEALTH" is in sale since Friday, April 01, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Photos".The seller is "genest" and is located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.