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McPherson & Oliver, American  Search this
Subject of:
Gordon, American  Search this
Frederick W. Mercer, American, 1838 - 1910  Search this
albumen and silver on photographic paper
H x W: 4 x 2 3/8 in. (10.2 x 6 cm)
albumen prints
Place captured:
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Carte-de-visite of a formerly enslaved man identified only as Private Gordon. Gordon is seated with his bare back turned to the camera. There are severe raised scars from just above his shoulder blades to his lower back. He head is facing to the left and can be seen in profile while his left hand is resting on his left hip. Written on the back is "FROM LIFE, Taken at Baton Rouge, La. April 27, 1863 / Camp Parapet, La. / Augst. 4th 1863 / Colonel, / I have found a large number of the four hundred contrabands examined by me to be as badly lacurated as the specimen represented in the enclosed photograph. / Very respectfully Yours, / J.W. Mercer / Asst. Surgeon 47th M.V.". There is also a stamp in black ink which states: "FacSimile of original Official Report to Col. L.B. Marsh."
African American  Search this
Antislavery  Search this
Emancipation  Search this
Fugitive enslaved  Search this
Health  Search this
Identity  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Military  Search this
Photography  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
United States Colored Troops  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public Domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
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Slavery and Freedom
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture