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Auction 156, Lot 268

"Passage of the Fleet of Gunboats over the Falls at Alexandria, Louisiana, May 1864", U.S. Navy Dept.

Subject: Louisiana, Civil War

Period: 1864 (circa)


Color: Black & White

21.5 x 8.8 inches
54.6 x 22.4 cm

A striking image taken from a 1864 Report of the Secretary of the Navy, this fine stone lithograph is probably drawn from a photograph taken at the scene. It shows ten Union armored gunboats careening through rapids on the Red River, aided by a dam built to raise the water level. In the background is evidence of a great number of hastily felled trees used to construct the dam. A great view of these odd but powerful looking ships.


Condition: B

Issued folding with light scattered foxing, several short fold separations closed on verso with archival tape, and a few extraneous creases adjacent to the folds.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $40

Closed on 2/17/2016