Carte de visite photograph of Lieutenant James Waddell


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This carte de visite photograph depicts Lieutenant James Waddell, Commander of the Confederate warship, CSS SHENANDOAH. It was taken during the Civil War period, while the SHENANDOAH was docked in Melbourne. The photograph shows him in full uniform and was taken by Batchelder & O'Neill, 41 Collins Street East, Melbourne. A carte de visite photograph was a small photograph, the size of a visiting card, which was popular during the late 19th Century. Waddell and the SHENANDOAH departed Australia shortly after this photograph was taken.

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  • Title: Carte de visite photograph of Lieutenant James Waddell
  • Date: 1865
  • Type: Photograph
  • Significance: Confederate raider CSS SHENANDOAH caused significant disruption and damage to Union whalers during the American Civil War under the captaincy of James Waddell. Most of the destruction was carried out after the vessel left the Australian port of Hobsons Bay, Victoria in early 1865 where it had arrived to restock and conduct repairs. SHENANDOAH's sensational visit to Melbourne divided public opinion and caused tensions between the US consul who called for the arrest of the crew and the Victorian government who wished to maintain Britain's stance of neutrality on the war.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Photograph, paper
  • Dimensions: 102 x 60 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds


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