Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
Mounted Albumen, 5-1/4” x 4-1/4” of an outdoor tent scene showing four officers and a US Colored soldier. the image is ID’d in the negative “Photo by Haas and Peale, Morris Island & Hilton Head.". On the reverse is a pencil ID, General Stryker”.July 8. 1863, Stryker was made Major and Aide-de- Camp on the staff of Major-General Quincy A. Gillmore, then in command of the Tenth Army Corps, in the vicinity of Hilton Head, S. C. Here he participated in the capture of Morris Island, July 10, 1863, and in the assaults on Fort Wagner. At a critical moment in one of these engagements he was dispatched with orders to distant point. The way was swept by a storm of shot and shell from the rebel batteries, but the gallant young officer fearlessly galloped through it all, delivered his message, and returned in safety. Thousands or both sides watched breathlessly that dauntless rider. Years after, at an Army reunion, an officer told General Stryker that he and others who beheld with straining eyes that wonderful braving of almost certain death never believed it possible that he could win his way through the fierce hail that hurtled across his path.In September 1862, fifty-four year old Haas hoodwinked an enlistment with the 1st N.Y. Engineers, claiming he was forty-three. In 1863, the engineers were in South Carolina, and Pvt. Haas was detailed to take photographs of General Quincy Gilmore's siege operations on Morris Island. At that time he had partnered with army photographer, Washington Peale, son of Philadelphia artist, James Peale Jr. The pair are credited with dozens of views of the activities of the Union Army in South Carolina during the Civil War, including Folly Island, Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, Lighthouse Inlet and Morris Island
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