For your consideration is this rare and original family photograph album including civil war CDV's and a tintype. This album was obtained from an Iowa estate that had an incredible selection of early photography.This will be the first of 3 original civil war albums that I will have for sale in the coming months. This album descended in the Boyce or Boice Family out of New York. Charles & John Boyce were born to Elijah & Betsey Boyce of Lisbon, St Lawrence County, New York. There were 8 children in the family, and 3 of the Boyce brothers served in the Civil War. This album has a number of photographs of local friends and family, many of whom are not identified. There is a CDV of Charles Boyce, signed and dated January 15th, 1866.
This photograph is without a doubt a positive match to the tintype of the uniformed soldier. Charles Boyce (or Boice) mustered into the H Company, of the 1st Michigan Infantry on 7/22/1861, and was mustered out on 7/9/1865. He was wounded 7/1/1862 at Malvern Hill, VA, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 7/15/1865.The tintype shows Charles in his uniform, and under the loop you can see the Company H, 1st Infantry insignia on the Hardee hat. His brother George, who did not serve in the war, is included in the album and is picture number 9 above. His CDV is signed George Boyce on the back and is from an Ogdensburg NY studio.
Charles' brother John Boyce served in the 1st Wisconsin Battery of Light Artillery which saw extensive action including fighting with General Sherman at Vicksburg, and was at the Battle of Chickasaw Bluff. During the war he spent two months in New Orleans recovering from injury.
He was discharged at Madison Wisconsin in October of 1864. The 7th photograph above shows a civil war soldier with jacket and belt plate. Taken by the photographer L.I believe this photograph to be of John Boyce based on the family resemblance and the fact the photograph was taken in New Orleans. Also included in the album is a rare original photograph of General John C Robinson, taken by the photographer Matthew Brady. John Cleveland Robinson was appointed Colonel of the 1st Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and by the fall of 1861 he was promoted to major of the 2nd US Infantry in the regular Army. He was promoted to Brigadier General on April 30, 1862 by President Lincoln and was transferred to the Army of the Potomac. He served and fought during the Peninsula Campaign, Second Battle of Bull run, was wounded at Broad Run, and fought at the battle of Fredericksburg. In 1863 he was transferred to the I Corps and commanded a division during the Battle of Gettysburg. He continued to lead with honor and valor throughout the war, and was awarded a Medal of Honor for his action at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The album was obtained from a collector of early history who was from the town of Osage, Iowa. Of note and what ties this all together, is that Charles Boyce's sister Mary died in Osage in the year 1931. The rest of the photographs are of women, children, families, etc. There is one photograph of Tom Thumb and his wife. Including the ones related to the Civil War shown in the pictures above, there are 23 CDV and 5 tintype photographs. The soldiers tintype is dark and has some bends, and there are a few spots of residue stuck on the surface. It doesnt affect the main area of the image, as the soldier and hat are still visible.
I brightened the image using contrast in the 4th and 5th photo so you could see the detail. The tintype measures 3 1/4" by 2 3/4". The CDV's of General Robinson and of John Boyce have been trimmed slightly, hard to really tell but the measurements are about 1/4" to 1/8" short for height and width. General Robinson's photograph has a few small stains but the area where it counts remains clean. The album shows wear and has splitting on the spine.
The rest of the photos are pretty clean and it makes a nice complete family album. Tough to find a complete album that has not been broken down, especially with these historic images.
Dont miss out on this one, it would be a highlight in a collection related to the 1st Michigan. Also included will be my research and notes regarding this family and the boys service in the war. I can provide scans of the genealogy if desired. Be sure to check out my auctions for other historic photographs, advertising and Americana up for sale.Also, I will not lower values on a custom form as this is against federal law. Please do not ask to lower the value.
The item "Rare Photo Album, 1st Michigan Civil War Tintype, General John C Robinson CDV" is in sale since Sunday, June 19, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs". The seller is "sawyerauctions" and is located in Fargo, North Dakota. This item can be shipped worldwide.