Rare Image of a Southwest View of Infamous Andersonville Prison
Rare Image of a Southwest View of Infamous Andersonville Prison – This original cabinet card image of the interior of Andersonville, depicts a southwestern view of the prison camp. On the back of the mounting card is a hand-inked paper label that states: “South west view taken from the branch. Sentinel tree on the left.” Theodore Wiseman of Lawrence, Kansas, held an 1883 copyright on this and several other images of the prison. Wiseman claimed to have found the originals of this and other Andersonville images, in 1865, in an old chest in the house of the commandant of Andersonville, Henry Wirz. The original of this image, as the other images that Wiseman obtained in 1865, was taken on August 17, 1864. Wiseman, in 1883, published seven cabinet card views, including this image, in a group, for purchase, entitled: “Photographic Views of Andersonville Prison”; this grouping was sold for $2, for the entire set, by Wiseman. There is an inked name – “W. F. Porter” on the lower left corner of the back of the mounting card. This image measures as follows: Card – Length: 6.5 “; Width: 4.25 “. The image proper measures: Length – 5.25 “; Width 3.5 “.