A set of annual reports of the the Fire Department from 1859-1872. Reports missing for years 1862-1865. The annual reports open with a statement from the Fire Chief and include multiple lists of department expenses, financial cost of fires, the cause of the fires, and locations of city property pertaining to the fire department.
Handwritten on reverse: 'Arsenal, Charleston, So. Ca.' The Arsenal was constructed in 1841. Seized by the Confederates in December 1860, it was held by them throughout the war until 1865. In 1866, the federal government used the site as a Federal Military Reservation, but in 1879 the Arsenal was closed. This image was likely taken as part of the photographic survey done in 1865 but could have been taken at any time until 1879. This is a stereograph image which measures 3 1/2" X 7".
Caption: 'War Views. No.176. Cheeves' Point Battery, Charleston.' This appears to be a view of the Battery at White Point Gardens. The label which identifies this as Cheeves' (sic) Point Battery is in error. Cheves Battery was located on James Island near what is now Ft. Johnson Estates. This is a stereograph image which measures 3 1/2" X 7".
Caption: 'Remains of the new bridge over Ashley River, Charleston, S.C., partially destroyed by the Rebels on the evacuation of the city, Feb 18, 1865.--from a sketch by our Special Artist, W.T. Crane.' [full date June 10, 1865.]
Main caption: 'The present appearance of Charleston, S.C., showing the effects of the Federal bombardment.--from recent sketches by our special artist.' Caption top left: 'Nos.165, 167 and 169 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C.' Caption top right: 'East Bay Street, looking south.' Caption middle left: 'Kitchen attached to 53 Wentworth Street--effect of two shells.' Caption middle right: 'Gentleman's ordinary, Charleston Hotel.' Caption bottom: 'Vendue Range.' [full date March 25, 1865.]
Caption: 'Sketches in Charleston, South Carolina. 1.Cotton Day. 2. A Limb of the Law. 3. Gossips. 4.Light-wood cart. 5. "A Relic". 6. Milk Girl.7. In the Market-Poultry Dealer. 8."Horse" Car.' [full date July 17, 1875.]