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$1250. USD

This lot consists of 2 items: 1) A presentation piece, with photo and 2) A photo album.


Photograph affixed at upper left. There are raised insignias at each corner of the photo. At upper left: “ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.” We cannot make out the text on the insignias at upper right and lower left. At lower right: “PLYMOUTH NEW YORK 1620 1890.” Above the photo is another insignia: “NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.”

Text to the right of the photo: “JOSEPH JERMAIN SLOCUM. Colonel, U.S.V. ELECTED, APRIL 5, 1892. 1ST CLASS. INSIGNIA 2370. NEW YORK, N.Y. Captain, Commissary of Subsistence, U.S. Volunteers, Feb. 19, 1862; Colonel, Chief Commissary, Principal Depot, Indianapolis, Ind. (by assignment), Oct. 23, 1865, to May 28, 1866; mustered out, July 7, 1866. Brevet Major, U.S. Volunteers, March 13, 1865, ‘for meritorious services in his department during the war.’ Departments Northern Alabama and Ohio.”

Below the photo: “SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND. THE NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY. Society of Colonial Wars. THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB.”

SIZE. The entire piece is approximately 13 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches. The photo is approximately 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

CONDITION. Photo: Spots and some soiling. The mount/entire presentation piece: Missing lower right corner. A tear at left edge, another tear at right edge. Wear at lower left edge. Front has soiling, as well as discoloration around edges. Back has soiling and heavy discoloration.

APPEARANCE. Entire piece is sharp with very detailed graphics and lots of information. Photo has good to very good tones.


This antique album includes: a cabinet photo of Captain Joseph Jermain Slocum; a photo of 10 soldiers (which may include Slocum); a photo of a large formation of soldiers on horseback; and a photo of a seated soldier (perhaps Slocum, or perhaps his famous son, Herbert Jermain Slocum), apparently getting his portrait done by an artist. It also includes 4 cabinet photographs of women dressed in Japanese kimonos; other portraits of women, men, and children; and 3 cabinet photos of paintings.

In total, there are 40 photographs in this album: 30 are cabinet card photographs, 8 are rectangular photographs, and 2 are cartes de visite (CDVs). These photos are on 15 double sided pages. There are 15 empty slots.

SIZE. Cabinet photos are approximately 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. CDVs are approximately 4 x 2 1/2 inches. We have not taken the rectangular photos out of their slots, so cannot give exact measurements. The openings for the rectangular photos are approximately 3 5/8 x 7 inches, so they are most likely just slightly larger than that. Pages are approximately 8 x 11 inches. The entire album is approximately 8 5/8 x 11 7/8 x 2 inches.

CONDITION. Photos: Varying degrees of spots, soiling, and other general wear. Pages: Soiling and foxing. One page is only affixed at the top and is loose at the bottom. 7 of the pages have tears. Album: Wear to the outside covers.

APPEARANCE. A few of the photos are somewhat faded. Otherwise,, good to very good tones throughout. Some are especially rich. Attractive metal spine and latch on the album.

A BIOGRAPHY ON THE SON OF J.J. SLOCUM, HERBERT JERMAIN SLOCUM. PLEASE NOTE – WE DO NOT KNOW IF HERBERT JERMAIN SLOCUM IS IN THE ALBUM, WE ARE PROVIDING THIS FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY: “Herbert Jermain Slocum (April 25, 1855 - March 29, 1928) was in charge of the 13th Cavalry Regiment during the Battle of Columbus, New Mexico in 1916 where Pancho Villa burned several buildings in Columbus, New Mexico, stole weapons and horses and killed 18 Americans. He was born on April 25, 1855 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Colonel Joseph Jermain Slocum (1833-?) and Sallie Hommedieu. He was appointed to the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1872, but left the academy shortly after failing to graduate in 1876. Nevertheless, he received a commission in the US Army shortly afterwards. Slocum was assigned to the 7th Cavalry Regiment where he rose to the rank of captain in 1896. He spent most of his early career posted in the Dakota Territory. He graduated from the Infantry and Cavalry School in 1883. During the Spanish-American War, Slocum was commissioned as major in the Inspector General branch in May 1898 and reverted to his permanent rank of captain a year later. He served in the occupation of Cuba from 1901 to 1902 and the Philippine Insurrection from 1905 to 1906. He was stationed in the Mid-West (mostly at Fort Riley in Kansas) from 1906 to 1910. He returned to the Philippines in 1911. In August 1912, Slocum was promoted to colonel and assigned to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. On September 1, 1914 he took command of the 13th Cavalry Regiment at Cavalry Camp Columbus in Columbus, New Mexico. He commanded the regiment during the Battle of Columbus on March 9, 1916, where Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa burned several buildings in Columbus, New Mexico. Although Villa's forces were successful in capturing 300 rifles and shotguns, 80 horses, and 30 mules it came at the cost of at least 70 of his men being killed compared with American casualties of 8 soldiers and 10 civilians (including a pregnant woman) killed. Slocum was exonerated for his failure to prevent the attack by a board of inquiry led by United States Secretary of War Newton Diehl Baker, Jr. Slocum remained on active duty with the Army through World War I and retired from the Army when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 64 on April 25, 1919. Colonel Slocum died on March 29, 1928 in Washington, DC and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His estate was valued at over 3 million dollars. Colonel Slocum was a hereditary member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Society of Colonial Wars and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.” (source: Wikipedia) USD

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