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Stauffer, David M. Two volumes of original artwork by an ensign on the U.S.S. Alexandria

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07713 Author/Creator: Stauffer, David M. Place Written: [various places] Type: Sketchbook Date: 1864-1870 Pagination: 2 v. + 21 items

Summary of Content: Volume I: "Louisiana Sketches, 1864...U.S.S. Alexandria, Lower Mississippi Fleet." 66 p. Includes architectural drawings and nomenclature of naval guns, carriages, and artillery shells; sketches of naval ships; African Americans in Louisiana; flags of vessels and transports; flags for various boat maneuvers; and naval shoulder straps. Includes eleven pages of text containing detailed descriptions of routines at sea, gun exercises, and various notes. Volume II: "Sketchings, 1866. D.M. Stauffer, Lancaster City, Penna." 47 p. Consists of ink and watercolor sketches depicting people (including African Americans in Louisiana), landscapes, coats of arms, and architectural and topographical subjects. Additional materials, arranged in the order in which they were removed from the volumes: 1. Stauffer, D.M. ALS: "Back Woods," to Jacob Stauffer. 25 July 1858. 1 p. + addr. 2. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] [n.d.] Sketches of curled banners on small scrap of paper. 2 p. 3. [?] [s.l.] [n.d.] Clipping with samples of Old English typefaces. 1 p. 4. S.H. Zahm & Co. D: Lancaster, Penn. 8 September 1883. Receipt made out to Stauffer. 1 p. 5. [Stauffer, D.M.] [s.l.] [n.d.] Decorative cut-out on cardstock. 6. [Stauffer, D.M.] [s.l.] [n.d.] Cut-out shield with arm and raised glass. 7. Rath[?], S.S. L: Lancaster, [Penn.], to John S. Witmer. 21 December 1877. Copied extract of a letter. 1 p. 8. Maison Basset. Pr: Paris. [n.d.] Prints of the sacred heart and Saint Rose mounted on paper doilies. 2 items. 9. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] [n.d.] Pen and ink sketch of an embellished letter "N" or "Z." 10. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] 20 April 1870. Diagram of a cast iron continuous sill, with unrelated pencil notes on verso re: arms and crest. (Arms meet the description of item #6.) 11. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] [n.d.] Sketches of various coats of arms. 4 p. 12. Peterson's Magazine. Frontispiece from 1863 issue. With sketch of a woman brushing her teeth [by Stauffer?] on verso. 13. Stauffer, D.M. Sk: Berne, Switzerland. [n.d.] Sketch of arms in ink (similar to item #6). 14. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] [n.d.] Tracing of an engraved portrait of George Washington. 15. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: Manheim, [Penn.] [n.d.] Extract from a sketchbook, including watercolors of the Lutheran Church at Manheim, a human skull and portraits of various men. 6 p. 16. [Stauffer, D.M.] Sk: [s.l.] [n.d.] Card with sketches of embellished letters and birds. 17. [Stauffer, D.M.] [s.l.] [n.d.] Cut-out of a rectangular figure. 18. [Stauffer, D.M.] [s.l.] [n.d.] Cut-out of a decorative figure with curved edges. Bound manuscript housed in Primary: Range 3B, Shelf 1-2.


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