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Portfolios of Civil War portraits. Cincinnati, late 1862 to early 1864 (dates determined by internal evidence of prints included). Folio sheets (ca. 16 1/2 x 12 1/2). Uncolored lithographs by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Cincinnati, unless stated otherwise.

Perhaps in late 1861, but certainly by mid-1862, the Cincinnati lithographic firm of Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began to issue a series of portraits of Civil War figures: politicians as well as military and naval officers. [Go to description and full listing of these portrait prints] One of the most unusual features of the series of prints is that, during the Civil War, they were sold in bound portfolios. Six different portfolios of these prints have been identified, and two other groupings of prints (at the Library of Congress and the Clements Library) may also have been sold as portfolios. The existence of a number of these portfolios and their common characteristics--similar order, bindings, use of same non-Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. prints of George Washington and General Scott, etc.--make it fairly certain that these were put together by one source rather than gathered by different collectors who had purchased the prints separately. There is no evidence whether it was Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. who issued these portfolios or a book/printseller in Cincinnati in the 1860s, but clearly these volumes were initially sold as bound portfolios of Civil War figures.

Portfolio 1

Late 1862 or early 1863. Folio (17 x 12 1/4) with original buckram covers and bound with metal clips. 40 lithographs.
This portfolio is the earliest of portfolios found. It includes the use of some prints with tint stones, it has only two political images, and it includes images issued early in the sequence of these prints. On the back cover is glued a label which reads: "Covert's Music Binder. Manufactured by Hayden, Wilson & Rogers, No. 203 Vine Street, Room 3,/Cincinnati, O." [NPG]

  1. "Go. Washington." Currier & Ives, New York. Original hand color.
  2. "Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati. Version 1.
  3. "Geo. B. Mc.Clellan./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A./ And Staff."
  4. "Commodore W.D. Porter/ U.S. Navy"
  5. "E. Dumont./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."

  6. "W.S. Rosecrans./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  7. "Irwin Mc.Dowell,/ Maj. Genl.. U.S.A." With Sepia tint stone.
  8. "Louis Blenker./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A." With Sepia tint stone.
  9. "Wm. B. Franklin./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  10. "E.V. Sumner/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  11. "S.R. Curtis/ Major General U.S.A."
  12. "Robt. L. Mc.Cook/ Col. 9th. (First German) Regt./ O.V.U.S.A."
  13. "Louis M. Goldsborough/ Flag Officer U.S. Navy."
  14. "Thos. Fr. Meagher/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A." With sepia tint stone.
  15. "A. Mc. D. Mc.Cook./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."

  16. "Commodore Foote,/ U.S.N."
  17. "B.F. Butler./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  18. "John C. Fremont./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  19. "Corcoran, Col. 69th. Regt. N.Y.S.M."
  20. "Ulysses S. Grant/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.

  21. "August Willich/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  22. "D. Hunter./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  23. "Joe. Hooker./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." With sepia tint stone. Version 1.
  24. "Franz Sigel./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  25. "S.P. Heintzelman/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.

  26. "John L. Worden./ Commanding The Montauk/ Capt. U.S. Navy." Version 2.
  27. "Commodore Farragut/ U.S. Navy."
  28. "Lewis Wallace/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  29. "Salmon P. Chase./ Secretary Of The Treasury." Not from this series; probably not E,F & Co.
  30. "James Shields/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."

  31. "Jno. A. Mc.Clernand,/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  32. "Jefferson C. Davis./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  33. "John E. Wool./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Chromolithograph.
  34. "A.E. Burnside,/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  35. "Nathl. Lyon./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A./..."

  36. "L.S. Rosseau/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Possibly L.H. Rosseau.
  37. "W.Y.L. Wallace/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A." This is W.H.L. Wallace.
  38. "Col. Ellsworth." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati.
  39. "E.M. Stanton/ Sec. War." With sepia tint stone.
  40. "W.H. Lytle/ Colonel. Tenth Ohio."



Portfolio 2

Loose prints, without covers. This group of prints was originally bound, before being taken apart and then sold at auction. Subsequently the prints were gathered back together. This portfolio was put together between late 1862 and July 1863, and the sequence of prints is uncertain, though it can be somewhat reconstructed by matching up the stains on the prints.

  1. "G. Washington" Currier & Ives, New York. Original hand color.
  2. "A. Lincoln./ President Of The U.S."
  3. "Salmon P. Chase./ Secretary Of The Treasury."
  4. "E.M. Stanton/ Sec. War."
  5. "David Tod./ Gov. Of Ohio."

  6. "O.P. Morton./ Gov. Of Indiana."
  7. "Andy Johnson./ Military Gov. Of Tenn."
  8. "Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott...." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati
  9. "Geo. B. Mc.Clellan./Maj. Genl. U.S.A./ And Staff."
  10. "Henry W. Halleck/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  11. "W.S. Rosecrans./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  12. "Joe. Hooker./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  13. "A.E. Burnside,/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  14. "Nathl. P. Banks./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  15. "O.M. Mitchell/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."

  16. "S.R. Curtis/ Major General. U.S.A."
  17. "L.S. Rosseau/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Possibly L.H. Rosseau.
  18. "August Willich/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  19. "S.P. Heintzelman/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  20. "John L. Worden./ Commanding The Montauk/ Capt. U.S. Navy." Version 2.

  21. "D. Hunter./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  22. "E.V. Sumner/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  23. "Louis M. Goldsborough/ Flag Officer U.S. Navy."
  24. "Corcoran,/ Col. 69th Regt N.Y.S.M."
  25. "Franz Sigel./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  26. "E.E. Ellsworth./ Col. Ellsworth's N.Y. Zouaves." Version 1.
  27. "Ulysses S. Grant/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  28. "Lewis Wallace/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  29. "John C. Fremont./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  30. "B.F. Butler./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  31. "Minor Millikin./ Col. First Ohio Cavalry."
  32. "Jefferson C. Davis/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  33. "Nathl. Lyon./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A./...."
  34. "Commodore Farragut/ U.S. Navy."
  35. "Commodore Foote,/ U.S.N."
  36. "S.F. Dupont,/ Adm. U.S.N."

The next six have been conserved, and the lack of stains makes their original order in the portfolio indeterminable.

  1. "J.C. Sullivan./ Brig. Gen'l U.S.A."
  2. "Jno.A.Mc.Clernand,/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  3. "Wm..B. Franklin./ Maj. Genl.. U.S.A."
  4. "W.H. Lytle/ Colonel Tenth Ohio"
  5. "A.Mc.D. Mc.Cook./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  6. "Robt.L.Mc.Cook/ Col. 9th.. (First German) Regt./ O.V. U.S.A."



Portfolio 3

Portfolio with binding similar to portfolios 4 & 5. The portfolio was probably put together at a similar date to portfolio 2, in late 1862 or early 1863. An EFC calendar for 1863 is glued to inside cover. The portfolio has been somewhat disassembled, but from the original card entry we know it originally had 43 prints in it, in the following order. Those prints that are missing from the portfolio are indicated in brackets. [HSC]

  1. {Salmon P. Chase}
  2. "E.M. Stanton/ Sec. War."
  3. "David Tod./ Gov. Of Ohio."
  4. "O.P. Morton./ Gov. Of Indiana." Earlier version with "S" showing
  5. "Andy Johnson./ Military Gov. Of Tenn."

  6. "Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati. Version 1.
  7. {Geo. B. McClellan}
  8. "Henry W. Halleck/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  9. "Joe. Hooker./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 1.
  10. "W.S. Rosecrans./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Loose from binding, but part of this portfolio

  11. {A.E. Burnside}
  12. "Nathl. P. Banks./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  13. {O.M. Mitchell}
  14. "Minor Millikin./ Co. First Ohio Cavalry."
  15. "J.C. Sullivan./ Brig. Gen'l U.S.A."

  16. "L.S. Rosseau/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  17. "S.R. Curtis/ Major General U.S.A."
  18. "E.E. Ellsworth./ Col. Ellsworth's N.Y. Zouaves"
  19. {Robert. L. McCook}
  20. {August Willich}

  21. "Carl Schurz./ Maj. Gen. U.S.A." This is the only known example of this print.
  22. "Wm. B. Franklin./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  23. {Lewis Wallace}
  24. "A. Mc. D. Mc.Cook./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A." Loose from binding, but part of this portfolio.
  25. "John E. Wool./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  26. "Nathl. Lyon./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A...."
  27. "John C. Fremont./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  28. "S.P. Heintzelman/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  29. "Jefferson C. Davis./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  30. {W.H. Lytle}

  31. "Corcoran, Col. 69th. Regt. N.Y.S.M."
  32. "Jno. A. Mc.Clernand,/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  33. "Franz Sigel./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  34. "Ulysses S. Grant/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  35. "Louis M. Goldsborough/ Flag Officer U.S. Navy."

  36. "D. Hunter./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  37. "John L. Worden./ Commanding The Montauk/ Capt. U.S. Navy." Version 2.
  38. "Commodore W.D. Porter/ U.S. Navy"
  39. "B.F. Butler./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  40. "E.V. Sumner/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  41. "S.F. Dupont,/ Adm. U.S.N."
  42. "Commodore Foote,/ U.S.N."
  43. "Commodore Farragut/ U.S. Navy."



Portfolio 4

Portfolio of 33 prints with cloth cover similar to portfolios 3 & 5 [ Click here to see covers of portfolios 4 & 5 side by side ]. The issue date is very close to that of portfolio 5, probably between late 1863 until June 1864, perhaps about March 1864.

The order of the prints is not certain, as the binding is gone so the prints could have been shuffled around. However, almost all of the prints are joined together in pairs, and the current order of the prints in the portfolio closely follows that of portfolio 5 (politicians, followed by generals, followed by naval officers). Indeed, excluding the two introductory prints, which are not included here, the order at the beginning is identical to that of portfolio 5 up to the print of Grant.

  1. "A. Lincoln./ President Of The U.S."
  2. "Hon. William H. Seward./ Secretary Of State."
  3. "Salmon P. Chase./ Secretary Of The Treasury."
  4. "Hon. Gideon Welles./ Secretary of the U.S. Navy."
  5. "E.M. Stanton/ Sec. War."

  6. "John Brough./ Governor Of Ohio."
  7. "O.P. Morton./ Gov. Of Indiana."
  8. "Andy Johnson./ Military Gov. Of Tenn."
  9. "Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati. Version ?.
  10. "U.S. Grant/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version ?.

  11. "S.P. Heintzelman./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  12. "Nathl. P. Banks./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  13. "Nathl. Lyon./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  14. "Dan. E. Sickles/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  15. "Jno. A. Mc.Clernand,/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."

  16. "John. A. Dix./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  17. "B F Butler/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  18. "George H. Thomas./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  19. "Geo. G. Meade./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A./ Commander Of The Potomac Army."
  20. "W.S. Rosecrans./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  21. "John C. Fremont./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  22. "Q.A. Gilmore/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  23. "Franz Sigel./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  24. "W.T. Sherman./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  25. "A.E. Burnside/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  26. "Joe. Hooker./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  27. "E. Elsworth./ Col. N.Y.Z."
  28. "Louis M. Goldsborough/ Flag Officer U.S. Navy."
  29. "Com. Dahlgreen./ U.S.N."
  30. "Admiral D. D. Porter/ U.S. Navy."

  31. "John L. Worden./ Commanding The Montauk/ Capt. U.S. Navy."
  32. "S.F. Dupont,/ Adm. U.S.N."
  33. "Commodore Foote,/ U.S.N."
  34. "Commodore Farragut/ U.S. Navy."



Portfolio 5

With original boards; separated at spine, but still an integral whole. This portfolio is the latest of those identified, and it includes the most (eight) politicians and the most (seven) naval officers. It was probably assemble between late 1863 and June 1864, perhaps around March 1864. The politicians are all at the beginning and the naval officers all at the end. This portfolio is very similar to portfolio 4. Excepting the first two introductory prints, the rest of the prints are in the same order as in portfolio 4, up to and including Grant.

  1. "The Star Spangled Banner." Currier & Ives, New York. Original hand color.
  2. "Go. Washington." Currier & Ives, New York. Original hand color.
  3. "A. Lincoln./ President Of The U.S."
  4. "Hon. William H. Seward./ Secretary Of State."
  5. "Salmon P. Chase./ Secretary Of The Treasury."

  6. "Hon. Gideon Welles./ Secretary of the U.S. Navy."
  7. "E.M. Stanton/ Sec. War."
  8. "John Brough./ Governor Of Ohio."
  9. "O.P. Morton./ Gov. Of Indiana."
  10. "Andy Johnson./ Military Gov. Of Tenn."

  11. "Lieut. Gen. Winfield Scott." Gibson & Co., Cincinnati. Version 2.
  12. "U.S. Grant/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  13. "Henry W. Halleck/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  14. "George H. Thomas./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  15. "B F Butler/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.

  16. "Nathl. P. Banks./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  17. "S.P. Heintzelman./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 3.
  18. "Joe. Hooker./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  19. "A.E. Burnside/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.
  20. "W.T. Sherman./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."

  21. "Franz Sigel./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  22. "Q.A. Gilmore/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  23. "John C. Fremont./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  24. "Geo. G. Meade./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A./ Commander Of The Potomac Army."
  25. "W.S. Rosecrans./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A." Version 2.

  26. "Jno. A. Mc.Clernand,/ Brig. Genl. U.S.A."
  27. "John. A. Dix./ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  28. "Dan. E. Sickles/ Maj. Genl. U.S.A."
  29. "Nathl. Lyon./ Brig. Genl. U.S.A./..."
  30. "E. Elsworth./ Col. N.Y.Z." Version 3.

  31. "Louis M. Goldsborough/ Flag Officer U.S. Navy."
  32. "John L. Worden./ Commanding The Montauk/ Capt. U.S. Navy."
  33. "S.F. Dupont,/ Adm. U.S.N."
  34. "Commissioned Dahlgreen./ U.S.N."

  35. "Admiral D. D. Porter/ U.S. Navy."
  36. "Commodore Foote,/ U.S.N."
  37. "Commodore Farragut/ U.S. Navy."


Portfolio 6

A portfolio of 34 Civil War prints went up for auction at Jackson's Auctions in Cedar Rapids, IA in May 2000. It contained 34 prints, including the Gibson & Co. Gen. Winfield Scott and the rest Civil War portraits by EF. Originally these prints were bound into a hard cover, but they were loose at auction. Each sheet measured 16"x12."

No complete listing of these prints exists, but from the auction house photograph of sixteen of the prints, it is clear that this was a similar portfolio to the other five known examples. [Photograph of prints, courtesy of Jackson's Auctioneers & Appraisers] The shown prints include:



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