- Jul 23, 2017
- Southwest Missouri
Nashville, TN December 1863
Left to right: Rob Roy, Belle Peoria, Irene, Revelice, Palestine, Lizzie Martin, Mercury.
Photo courtesy University of Missouri - St Louis
While trying to find additional info about this photo, I came across a book 'Tinclads in the Civil War' by Myron J. Smith, Jr
He mentions there were 24 steamers in Nashville on December 11th, which grew to 35 by the 13th. If this photo was taken during this event, we are seeing a very small portion of the boats and unloaded cargo.
Also, the St Louis website states "Hard tack in boxes on levee. It is reported that this photograph was taken by a Confederate spy and turned up after the Civil War."
I am skeptical about this last comment considering the photographic equipment of the time - anyone seen evidence to back the spy claim?