Hermann C. Raebel Jr. (1848-1869) was born in Leipzig, Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1866). While on maneuvers off the coast of Brazil in 1866, received a commission as ensign. He painted watercolors and wrote letters home while serving on several U.S. Navy ships along the west coast of South America (1866-69). The collection contains 46 about 10 x 6 watercolors of scenes from the east coast of South America, along with color photocopies.
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