CDV Album- 1st Lt. Francis G. Ogden- 48th MVM -Port Hudson.


Ogden’s family album, containing kin, Lincoln, Grant, etc.

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The album contained originally (or its capability) 50 images, now only 20 are offered in this lot. The first image is 1st Lieutenant Francis Gilbert Ogden with his wife Louise. Many of the cartes within are family members presumably with the exception of images of General U.S. Grant, President Abraham Lincoln, and a photo of a print of Mount Holyoke, Mass.

I have removed 15 military images that are being offered separately. The album had previously been raided at some point (source mentioned this came from the family and that all the images obtain are presently here. There is the possibility that some were removed and used in the 48th Mass history which shows the Essex and another ship on the Mississippi) that, with only a slim knowledge of what was here originally (several identified and relating to the 48th MVM and their history in the Dept. of the Gulf).

Selling separately on my part, which I never liked doing, but seems to be the practice of late, was largely due to images of officers from other regiments that Odgen had been associated with; the 24th, 48th, and the 58th Mass. regiments, and a few others including two general officers.

Many of the images are identified and some dated, all that I can see are of the Civil War era. Most were taken by Boston area photographers.  Condition of the images is very good- fine.  The album itself, dark green leather with floral stamped brass fittings, shows it age on the edges, particularly the spine and corners, with some light soiling and staining on the pages within, the first page mating torn (repaired).


Frances Gilbert Ogden, was a clerk by trade, living in Boston. He enlisted on September 9, 1861 as a corporal and was mustered in December 3rd of that year into Co. “F” of the 24th Mass Infantry. On December 29, 1862 Ogden was commissioned 1st Lt. in the 48th Mass. Infantry, and shortly after appointed adjutant of the regiment. The 48th arrived in February of 1863, joining the 19th Army Corps at Baton Rouge, and soon after saw field duty performing reconnaissance toward Port Hudson.  The 22nd of May, an engagement at Plain Store, Miss. was most likely Ogden’s first combat experience, but for the 48th Mass, it was a day of confusion as the regiment was poor placed against the enemy’s front without artillery support, and the Lt. Col., James O’Brien called a retreat in an attempt to reorganize his regiment.

Five days later, the 48th Mass provided 93 men of 200 in an assault of the heavily defended lines at Port Hudson, “a Forlorn Hope” apply describing the debacle.   Lt.Col O’Brien and and 6 men were killed with another 41 wounded. Ogden was not in this assault but was the regiment on June 14th, when Port Hudson was assaulted again. Ogden received a slight wound in the engagement. With its term of service completed, the 48th returned to Massachusetts in August of 1863, where Lt. Ogden was mustered out on September 3, of that year.

In less than three months, Ogden was commissioned in the 58th Massachusetts Infantry in his previous rank of 1st Lt. and again appointed as regimental adjutant. This regiment saw hard service in the Army of the Potomac right to the end of the war, however, Lt. Ogden was killed on May 12, 1864, while the 58th was making a flanking movement toward Spottsylvania, attacking Confederate General A.P. Hill’s Corps.

I have not found a great deal on information on Ogden, or his family, but certainly his known wartime service is unquestioned.

The CDV of Lieutenant Ogden and his wife was taken in Boston by Whipple. The condition of the image of this handsome couple is very good with some light pen marks on the image.

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Weight 2 lbs