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Passage through Baltimore


Photograph of an etching by Baltimore, Maryland, dentist, artist, and Southern sympathizer Adalbert Volck. This piece was originally included as a plate in the work Sketches from the Civil War in North America that was released under Volck's pseudonym V. Blada in 1863. The image depicts a fearful Abraham Lincoln peering out of a box car at a cat as he passes through Baltimore, Maryland, en route to his February 1862 presidential inauguration in Washington, D. C. The word "Washington" is written on the left of the boxcar and the letters "P. W. & B. R. R. C 2" are written on the right. The faint words "freight bones" and more visible "Cap[acit]y: 000" can also be seen to the right of Lincoln.



circa 1861-1863

Contributor(s) Notes

Photographer: unknown; Artist: Adalbert Volck


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12 x 9 inches

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1 print (from group of 5)

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Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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