From Hennessy–something of an addendum to yesterday’s post on Abby Hopper Gibbons.
As referenced in John Cummings’s comment this morning, in fact Abby Hopper Gibbons appears in two other images taken in May 1864–likely the same day as the others we looked at yesterday. Research by John Cummings, Noel Harrison, and Bob Szabo recently confirmed the these images are of a home called “Scotia,” located on Charles Street between George and William, owned by the Scott family in 1864, but more importantly used as headquarters for the United States Sanitary Commission (the house no longer stands). As these images show, Gibbons found herself in front of a camera five times over two days. Here is a closeup from the above, and there is Gibbons partially hidden by the pillar.
And then there is view of the back of the house:
And lo and behold, there she is again, this time with what appears to be her daughter and another woman who appears in the Charles Street views.
Not earth-shattering, but interesting stuff. Thanks to John Cummings for bringing this to everyone’s attention. We’ll do some additional posts on the City of Hospitals period in the near future.