P-003: Ruth Ferris Collection Prints

This part of the Ruth Ferris Collection contains prints, mostly lithographs taken from illustrated periodicals in the 19th century.
Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library


A Mortar
Illustration of a mortar gun on board a Civil War gunboat., From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
A Trip on the Atchafalaya River
1. Entrance to Atchafalaya River. 2. A "Swamper's" house on the Atchafalaya. 3. A Swamper. 4. Steamer running the rapids of the Atchafalaya. 5. Red River Landing. 6. Castle on the Atchafalaya. 7. Little Whiskey Bayou. 8. A Swamper's garden (in a Canoe). 9. The ash cabin, Atchafalaya. 10. Map showing changes in the Mississippi's current.
A View of Fort Armstrong
A view of Fort Armstrong, Rock Island, Mississippi River. Probably 1853.
Agricultural and Mechanical Fair
The Great Fair at St. Louis, -- A view of the grounds.
Arrival of the Forty-Ninth Ohio Regiment
Arrival of the Forty-Ninth Ohio Regiment at Louisville, Kentucky.-Drawn by Henry Mosler.-[See page 671.]
A German beer-garden, -- Sunday night.
Bombardment of Island No. 10
Bombardment of Island Number Ten by the mortar fleet, March 16, 1862. -- Sketched by Alexander Simplot. -- [ See page 219.] The gun-boat fleet dropping down stream to reconnoitre. Steamers towing mortar-boats into position.
Burning of steamers on the Ohio River at Cincinnati, May 12, 1869.
We illustrate on page 349 the disastrous conflagration which took place on the Ohio River, at Cincinnati, on the morning of May 12. A little before two o'clock a fire broke out in the Clifton, caused, it is supposed, by the upsetting of a lamp. Five steamers were lying in close proximity, and above these six others. In less than half an hour the six steamers below were destroyed, nearly all of them being burned to the water's edge. Those on board the Clifton were just able to escape with their lives, so rapid was the conflagration. Before the earliest engines could reach the scene four of the boats were already in flames. The heat was so intense that they could only approach the boats with the greatest difficulty. But their daring was equal to the emergency, and they fought their fierce foe at close quarters. Some of the boats had on board a large quantity of oil, and as the barrels caught fire they floated out into the river, and then down the stream, make it a stream of burning fire. The Kentucky shore was lighted up, and the flames showed its banks filled with spectators drawn from their beds by the magnificent spectacle. A deck-hand was burned to death on the Clifton, and it is reported that five hands on the Cheyenne suffered a similar fate. Three or four men from the Darling were drowned in their attempt to get ashore. The loss of property amounted to nearly $1,000,000, exclusive of cargo.
Green River packet "Chaperon"
Closing scene of the naval fight before Memphis
From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
Colonel Ellet's Ram Approaching Memphis
From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
Crevasse on the Lower Mississippi
Illustration of fishermen on the riverbank of the Mississippi at flood stage. House and men in a canoe in the background., From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
Difficulties of a Working General Among the Bayous
Bayou Navigation in Dixie.-From a sketch by Mr. Theodore R. Davis.-[See page 235.]
Eisenbrucken. III.
1. Rheinbrucke zu Koblenz. 2. Mississippibrucke bei St. Louis (Nordamerika) wahrend des Baues., Iron Bridges. 1. Rhine bridge to Koblenz. 2. Mississippi bridge at St. Louis (North America) during the construction.
Embarkation of the Ninth Missouri Regiment
Embarkation of the Ninth Missouri Regiment, Colonel Kelton, at St. Louis, for Lexington. - Sketched by Alexander Simplot. - [See page 658.]
Emigrants Crossing the Plains
F.O.C. Darley, fecit. H. B. Hall, Jr. Sc.
Flag Ship "Harper" Attacked
The flag-ship "Harper" attacked by the ram "Manassas" and a fire-raft in the Mississippi.-[see page 373.]
Foote's Gun-Boats Ascending To Attack Fort Henry
From Harper's History of the Great Rebellion, From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
Fort Augustus and Loch Ness
Fort Augustus and Loch Ness.
Fort Benton
U. S. P. R. R. Exp. and Surveys - 47th and 49th parallels.
Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling (Minnesota). Drawn after nature from the proprietor Herman J. Meyer.
General Halleck's Army on the Tennessee
Commissary store boats. Landing cannon. Interior of a sanitary steamer. The general hospital at Hamburg. Moving siege guns to our lines., From Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War.
Gioacchino Rossini
The great Italian Composer.
Government Bridge Between Davenport and Rock Island
View of the Government Bridge (or Arsenal Bridge) spanning the Mississippi between Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.
Government Snagboat No. 2
Government snag-boat removing obstructions from the channel of a western river. - Drawn by Schell and Hogan. - [See page 870.]
Grand Tower and Devil's Bakeoven
Grand Tower and Devil's Bakeoven, Mississippi River. Drawn after nature for proprietor Herman J. Meyer.
Great Crevasse of the Mississippi
The great crevasse of the Mississippi on the plantation of Mr. Bell, near New Orleans, April 11, 1858.--See page 7.


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