2. Boys’ Play-ground, Colored Orphan Asylum.
The first 4 views are of the Colored Orphan Asylum in NYC. To read the story of the Asylum and its burning during the draft riots of 1863 please follow this link.
African-American in military coat with cape and wearing a grotesque gorilla head. A copy of this image is in the Library Company of Philadelphia and has the manuscript title “Intelligent Contraband.”
“Intelligent Contrabands” in manuscript bottom recto. From a description by James Arsenault: One of a series of photographs of slaves taken by McPherson & Oliver in Louisiana during the Union occupation, likely in Baton Rouge where many slaves came to the Union line following the occupation in May of 1862. Pictured are two African American men in what appears to be a makeshift studio with a hanging sheet for a backdrop and bare ground. The men are dressed in rags, one of them barefoot. A noxious period inscription, meant to cast the photo as a satire, reads “Intelligent Contrabands.”
24th Regiment, U.S.C.T. at Camp Wm. Penn. Camp William Penn was a Union Army training camp located in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania from 1863 to 1865, notable for being the first training ground dedicated to African American troops who enlisted in the Army during the Civil War. Some 11,000 free blacks and escaped slaves were trained here, including 8,612 from Pennsylvania, the most black troops recruited during the war from any northern state. This regiment was organized at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia, Pa., January 30 to March 30, 1865. They moved to Washington, DC May 5, and duty at Camp Casey until June 1. Then moved to Point Lookout, Md., guarding prisoners until July 16. Then moved to Richmond, Va., and duty in sub-district of Roanoke, Headquarters at Burkesville, until September. Mustered out October 1, 1865.
Camp Scenes. Army of the Potomac. No. 2062. Contraband Foreground. The man at right reclines on a cot with “2nd Lieut. John Shaw” written on a leg of the cot.
No. 132. Camp Scene at Fortress Monroe. George Templeton Strong seated second from left. Three African-American orderlies attend to the officers.
Photographic Incidents of the War. No. 218. Capt. H. Smith’s Mess, Co. D, 93d N.Y.V., Bealton, Va., August, ’63. Capt. Smith is seated at right going through papers. African-American camp aides in the view.
Col. Duryea’s Adjutant’s Mess. Possibly taken at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx NY before they headed south. Officer’s at mess, two African-American aides stand by.