This collection consists of manuscript and other paper items collected by Rosanna A. Blake. Included are letters, diaries, correspondence, unit rosters, Confederate imprint forms and currency, 1860-1865. Also included are 3D items including firearms, edged weapons, tin soldiers, original Civil War art work, the Volck shield, and Southern periodicals relating to the Civil War. Notably, the collection includes 3 original Robert E. Lee letters, 1 Jefferson Davis letter, and 2 general orders dictated by Lee. The O'Brien sub-collection contains Civil War pamphlets and booklets, over 300 monographs and books, photos, CDV's, original Civil War art work, the Volck shield, ambrotypes and tintypes, one original Robert E. Lee letter, original Civil War sketches and etchings, and other 3D items. Most materials are Confederate related.
The digitized items here do not represent the entirety of the Rosanna Blake Collection, 1818-2000. To view what other materials are in this collection but not yet digitized and available online, search the guide to the Rosanna Blake Collection, 1818-2000.
Carte de visite of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. No backplate. This is from a steel engraving that appeared in Frank Leslie's weekly publication. Supposedly from a daguerreotype made during the Mexican War.
Carte de visite of Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. From a pre-Civil War image, in his Mexican War uniform. Image is of Jackson in his Mexican War uniform.
"A New map of Alabama with its Roads and distances," in small pocket book form, 1853, col. Map folds into pocket size, glued to hard cover.
Cased tintype of unidentified soldier in pre-Civil War uniform, with epaulets. Shako style hat. Possibly an older ferrotype. Large, ornate letter "C" on his belt buckle.