1863. Original photographs. Overall size, 19.5" x 15.5". Seven portraits in oval windows. The main one of Louisa in 1863 is hand-colored, 7" x 5". The other six flank the main portrait and measure 2.75" x 2". On the verso is a handwritten label: "Presented to Louisa B. Stahle by her brother L.Z. Doll, September 1st, 1863." Very Good. Item #041131
Louisa Barbara Doll (1826-1878) married Henry J. Stahle. Not much is known of her activities during the Civil War. Her husband, on the other hand, was accused of consorting with the enemy. Stahle (1823-1892) was editor & publisher of the Gettysburg "Compiler", 1857-1866, described on its masthead as "A Democratic and Family Journal." Following the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), Stahle was arrested on charges that he led the Confederates to a house where Federal troops and equipment were hidden; and he was sent to prison at Fort McHenry. He was later released when it was determined that Republicans of Gettysburg had turned in Stahle as payback for his Democratic views on the War. Leander Zacheriah Doll, Louisa's brother who presented these photographs to her, was born in Maryland in 1842 and died at Baltimore in 1900. The Doll family were early settlers of Frederick County.