HARRIET  BEECHER STOWE
The little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!  
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A. Lincoln 1862  -----------
A rare, hitherto unpublished, earlier to mid 1863, ‘half-plate’ tintype portrait offers the profile
of the author Harriet Beecher Stowe  facing  son Charles Edward Stowe.  Standing in uniform
is brother James Chaplin Beecher.  The three standing ladies are believed to be daughter
Georgiana, sister Mary Beecher Perkins and the author’s twin daughters Eliza and Hatty.  Not
unlike a modern day family the blessing of fame and fortune came with it’s challenges for the
Stowe siblings.  Daughter Georgiana fought a morphine addiction all of her adult life.  Son
‘Charlie’ ran away to sea sometime after this group portrait was done.  Of her wayward son
Harriet wrote a lady friend ‘ Unfortunate is the hen who hatches a duck, but one must make
the best of it.’  Much later Charles would gratify his mother’s patience by becoming a Calvinist
minister pastoring a Saco, Maine perish.  (Another son, Frederick William Stowe, will be
addressed further on.)  Brother James Chaplin Beecher is shown here earlier in the Civil War
in a foot officer uniform as a member of the Field and Staff,  67th New York Infantry.   He
would later be commissioned to serve with the 141st N.Y. Vols. and after that with the Staff
of the 35th U.S. Colored Infantry (Corps deAfrique ).  Before his discharge more than a year
after the war’s close, Beecher would rise through the officer ranks to Lt. Colonel, Colonel and
on March 13, 1865, to Brevet Brig. General
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Shown at the left are Civil War period photos of the famed
abolitionist author of
Uncle Tom’s Cabin including a
popularly published carte de viste (CDV) of Mrs. Stowe
and brother Henry Ward Beecher, a personal image of  the
Brunswick, Maine author and a rarely seen cased ‘gem’
tintype portrait.  (A US quarter is included for gem image
size comparison.)  
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