Combe. “Camp Oliver 25th. Mass[achusetts]. V[olunteer]. Infantry, New Berne, N.C. 1862-3.” New York: Sarony, Major & Knapp, . 10 3/4 x 15 34/. Lithograph. Full margins. Very good condition.
During the American Civil War, many prints were made to depict camps that were part of training or garrison duty, as well as hospitals and refreshment saloons. The intended market was for the men stationed in the camp and their families at home. We find no record of an American artist named “Combe” for this period, so the credited artist might have been a talented member of the regiment whose other works were never made into prints. This image shows a Union encampment at New Bern shortly after it was taken by General Burnside. Due to its inland location, New Bern was always in danger of Confederate attacks, so a number of regiments were stationed in the area, as seen to left and right of this camp.