General Joseph Bailey's Silver Punch Bowl and Sword | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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General Joseph Bailey's Silver Punch Bowl and Sword

General Joseph Bailey's Silver Punch Bowl and Sword | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Studio photograph of a silver punch bowl and a silver sword presented to Civil War General Joseph Bailey in commemoration of the dam he built on the Red River near Alexandria, Louisiana, creating enough water flow to allow the Union ironclad fleet to escape Confederate capture.
DESCRIPTION
Studio photograph of a silver punch bowl and a silver sword presented to Civil War General Joseph Bailey in commemoration of the dam he built on the Red River near Alexandria, Louisiana, creating enough water flow to allow the Union ironclad fleet to escape Confederate capture.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:4242
Creation Date:date unknown
Creator Name:Unknown
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Collection Name:State Historical Society of Wisconsin collection photographs, circa 1950s-1960s
Genre:Photograph
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tradition records that each of Bailey's fellow officers donated a portion of his pay in silver coin which was sent to Tiffany's, melted down, and formed into the punchbowl. The bowl is now in the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum; accession no. 65.228.1. A representation of the dam with steamboats departing is engraved on the side of the punchbowl not seen in this image. Also see Harper's Weekly, 1864, p. 385 for a similar scene. See Image ID: 49981 for detail of the engraving.
SUBJECTS
Decorative arts
Civil War, 1861-1865
Naval history
Weapons
Indoor photography

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