The New England Numismatic Association's official publication is NENA News. John Ferreri offered to share some articles with E-Sylum readers; thanks! Here's one from the March 2020 issue - John's own article about the notes of the Elm City Bank of New Haven, CT.
Steamship, Elm City: A Workhorse for the Union.
By: C. John Ferreri
The Elm City Bank opened in 1855 and then became a national bank in 1864. Although
the bank had over $400.000 in State bills in circulation in 1864, examples today, are
relatively hard to find. The Bank did not issue National Bank notes. The engraver was
Jocelyn, Draper, Welsh & Co. as seen on the margin of the note. The American Bank
Note Company was a name the aforementioned engraving company was introducing
and planning on using before the consolidation in 1858 of various bank note engraving
companies forming the American Banknote Co. as we know it, today.
The image of the steamship Elm City appears on notes of the Elm
City Bank of New Haven, Conn. This 300 ft. long wooden side
wheeler was a familiar sight to New Haveners. It was a passenger
ship able to accommodate 350 guests and crew. It was built in 1854 in
New York by Samuel Sneeden for passenger service between there and
New Haven and was named after New Haven,
The City of Elms. Her
life as a passenger ship lasted only until war ignited between the States.
During the Civil War she became an indispensable troop carrier
bringing troops and material to the front lines and evacuating wounded
soldiers during the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia.
She was one of the largest ships involved in this campaign and
once while on board, it was said, an irascible passenger, General Dan
Sickles, openly feuded by pen, with his superior in command, General
Joseph Hooker. General Sickles was being offered a demotion which he
eventually accepted but only after a lengthy exchange of military nice.ties.
After her military duty she became a transport and excursion
ship doing service along the east coast and Long Island sound.
This oil painting of the Steamship Elm City by Elisha T. Baker (1827-1890) an American artist, is on display at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, VA.
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