THE CIVIL WAR
Farnhold's House on York River

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Record 107/294
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Collection Emelia Scloerb Guenther
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Description Albumen print on carte de visite stock with printed gold border of freed slaves at Lafayette's Headquarters. MARKS, Front: Entered according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by Barnard & Gibson, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.
MARKS, back: Brady's Album Gallery./No. 372/Contrabands/At Headquarters of General Lafayette
Year Range from 1862
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1866
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Neg # 23450
Notes View of the front of Farnhold's House and front yard. The house is a simple English Colonial frame structure with a small gabled porch in front. Five infantrymen and one cavalryman are standing in the yard. Four African-American Freedmen are also there; two women with scrub-boards and buckets for laundry, a man chopping wood, and another laying in the grass. Freed slaves were often referred to as "Contraband of War" and sought safety within Union lines. They worked as cooks and laundresses for the soldiers. The Farnhold House was used by General Lafayette as his Headquarters during the Battle of Yorktown. It was used again during the Civil War as General Fitz John Porter's Headquarters
Object ID P2000.28.92
Object Name carte de visite
People Porter, Fitz John
Lafayette, Marquis de
Mortier, Gilbert du
Place Yorktown, VA
Print size 4 " x 2 1/2"
Subjects Civil War
Battlefields
Houses
Revolutionary War
Headquarters
Generals
Afro-Americans
Slaves
Slavery
Laundresses
Laundry
Soldiers
Cavalry
Title Farnhold's House on York River
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