Adelicia Cheatham (with head down)

Carl Casper Giers (Germany; April 28, 1828 – Nashville; May 24, 1877. Active 1855-1877)

Backmark: C. C. Giers

43 & 45 Union Street


Place: Nashville, Tennessee

Date: ca. 1875

Provenance: Adelicia to her daughter Pauline Acklen Locket, unknown, purchased by Belmont Mansion Association from a photograph dealer in Pennsylvania

2016.01.59 Belmont Mansion Association purchase

Carl C. Giers came to the United States in 1845;  he moved to Nashville in 1852.  He first worked as a conductor on the Chattanooga rail line.  In 1855, he began his photography business taking Daguerreotypes.  By the time of the Civil War, he had developed a large photography business and employe several other photographers and painters to color photographs.  During the Civil War he photographed soldiers on both sides. **  By May of 1864, he was advertising that his studio did cartes de visites, portraits, vignettes, 4-4 photographs, fancy ovals, gems, fereotypes, ambrotypes, and melainotypes and makes copies of other photographs.  His business survived the war and continued to grow.  In 1874, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.  He died in May of 1877. The studio continued operating for a few months under his name before being sold to William Evermond Armstrong.


Mark Brown


** James Hoobler, Nashville from the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers. (Charleston, S.C. Arcadia Publishing ) 1999, pp introduction.

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Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk