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On this page, I am featuring various images of original photographs from my personal collection. I have chosen them for their historical content. I reserve all reproduction rights relating to these photographs. Please e-mail me with any comments, questions, or requests to use these images. I hope you find them interesting.


This is a very rare carte de visite photograph of JÚrome Napoleon Bonaparte, also known as JÚrome Napoleon Bonaparte Patterson. His father, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, was the son of JÚrome Bonaparte, Napoleon I's youngest brother, and Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore, Maryland. The subject was born in Baltimore in 1832, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1852, and served briefly on the Texas frontier. He resigned his commission in 1854, and was appointed a lieutenant of dragoons in the French army. He served in the Crimean War, and later was a captain in the chasseurs d'Afrique or spahis, serving in the Algerian campaign of 1857. In this photograph, he is wearing the uniform of a captain of spahis. (The jacket was scarlet, and the cap and pants were actually light blue. Collodion photography changes the tone of colors differently from modern black-and-white film.)


This carte de visite depicts Field Marshal Sir John Fox Burgoyne (1782 - 1871) late in his life. He was the illegitimate son of British General John Burgoyne and an opera singer. He fought in the Napoleonic wars and in the War of 1812, where he served as a lieutenant colonel under General Edward Pakenham at the Battle of New Orleans. He retired from the army in 1868 as a field marshal.