Washington, D.C. 1857.
Unbound. Poster-size composite photograph (13” x 20”) consisting of 72 images on two albumen prints mounted side-by-side on one single sheet of card stock, with captions stamped in gold on mounted glossy black paper strips. The edges of all four margins have been partly trimmed, else about near fine with modest toning.
A large composite of portraits of every member of the Charlestown City Guard dating from their march in the inaugural parade of President James Buchanan on March 4, 1857. There are 68 portraits of the soldiers in their distinctive uniforms and two in civilian clothes. Also included are obverse and reverse images of the Washington Medal.
The City Guard was organized in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1850 and became Company H of the 5th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. A scarce image of the entire Company taken to commemorate their participation at James Buchanan’s inauguration, the first inauguration ceremony known to have been photographed.