Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2015.049.007
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized photograph of two men sitting on the edge of a rock outcropping ledge, Point Lookout. The landscape dramatically falls away from the outcropping to a forested river valley. The man on the left is wearing a light colored suit and holding his hat in his right hand. The man on the left is wearing a dark colored suit and is holding his hat in his right hand.
There is no photographer's stamp on the back.

This image is the same location and same two men as 2014.049.041. That image was credited to Isaac H. Bonsall but does not identify the two men. The donor of the photograph believes the man on the left to be Bonsall and the man on the right to be Bonsall's assistant.

Isaac H. Bonsall (1833-1909) was born in December 1833. He grew up around Cincinnati, Ohio, and opened his own photography studio there in the 1850s. In the late 1850s, he moved to Kansas, and worked primarily in the Leavenworth area, including in a brief partnership with ambrotypist John T. Needles. During this time, he also worked in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bonsall returned to Ohio in late 1859.
In September 1862, Bonsall joined the Union army. He was attached to the engineering department of the Army of the Cumberland and assigned to photograph maps at the headquarters of General William S. Rosecrans. While with the Army, he also photographed soldiers and officers and documented military building and engineering projects and the aftermath of battles. In particular, Bonsall documented the area and projects around Chattanooga, Tennessee, during the Siege of Chattanooga in late 1863 and into 1864.
Bonsall was discharged from the Army in 1865 and following his wartime service returned to running his photography gallery. In 1871, he returned to Leavenworth, and in 1872 relocated to Arkansas City, Kansas, where he worked as a photographer, as well as in local government. In Arkansas City, he apprenticed photographer William S. Prettyman. Bonsall died on September 8, 1909.
Source: Online Archive of California.

Note: The Huntington Library Photo Archive has a 51 piece collection of Bonsall's works while in Chattanooga.
Date 1863 circa
Photographer Isaac H. Bonsall
Accession number 2015.049