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Lot 310: c 1860 St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria, Va. Large Albumen Photograph

Presidential Election Auction - Early American History Auctions

by Early American

29 October 2016

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

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  • c 1860 St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria, Va. Large Albumen Photograph
  • c 1860 St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria, Va. Large Albumen Photograph
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Description: Civil War Photos
"St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria, Va." Large Impressive Albumen Photograph
c. 1860s Civil War Era, Large Albumen Photograph on Card Mount, Picturing the "St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria, Va." Drilling on the Washington D.C. Mall, Choice Near Mint.
This original Albumen Photograph has an image size of 7" x 9.5" placed upon its original Card Mount to 8" x 10". The Image picturing the "St. John's Academy Cadets - Alexandria Va." posed with their rifles, while apparently doing their Military drilling on the Washington D.C. Mall. Other squads of soldiers or other cadets are also seen drilling in the background. There is no photographer credit and the photograph itself is in outstanding, near mint condition. One can see the U.S. Treasury Department Building in the background plus either the Washington Hotel or Willard's Hotel, next to it. There is also a guard tower type structure seen behind the Cadets. It also appears to that there is a grandstand type structure in the image, just in front of the Treasury Dept. and Willard's, with some persons with umbrellas in the stands, possibly some large review of the troops being be held.

St. John's Academy in Alexandria was established as a preparatory school for boys in 1833 (corner of Royal and Duke Streets) by Jesuit priests associated with nearby St. Mary's Catholic Church. It closed in 1841 but then was reopened in 1847 as a Military Academy, and expanded to include a primary school with non cadets in the 1850s and closed in 1895. This photograph is said to have been passed down through the family of the wife of Admiral George Dewey although there is no documentation. A great, historic Photograph in a large and uncommon size that is very impressive and excellent for display.
St. John's Academy in Alexandria was established as a preparatory school for boys in 1833 (corner of Royal and Duke Streets) by Jesuit priests associated with nearby St. Mary's Catholic Church. It closed in 1841 but then was reopened in 1847. Originally a Military Academy, but expanded to include a primary school (non cadets) in the 1850s. From the 1840s through the 1890s the school was headed by Richard Libby Carne, Jr. (1826-1911). The school remained open during the Civil War.

When Alexandria established a public school system in 1871, the attendance began to drop off. Ironically, Carne also became the first Supt. of Public Schools in Alexandria. His brother, William F. Carne, compiled and wrote the first systematic history of Alexandria. The academy closed in 1895. This photograph is said to have been passed down through the family of the wife of Admiral George Dewey although there is no documentation.

The Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. is a National Historic Landmark building which is the headquarters of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The East side and central wing were built between 1836 and 1842 by architect Robert Mills. The South Wing of the building, constructed from 1855 to 1861 by Ammi B. Young and Alexander H. Bowman, carried out the basic Mills scheme for such a wing. The West Wing by Isaiah Rogers, built between 1862 and 1864, and the North Wing by Alfred B. Mullett, built between 1867 and 1869, completed the building.

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