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Site of the Murder of George M. Colvocoresses, Bridgeport, Connecticut
1872
Draftsman:Drawn by Unknown
Drawing; black ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 39 5/8 x 25 3/4in. (100.6 x 65.4cm) Sheet (height x width): 39 5/8 x 25 3/4in. (100.6 x 65.4cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: The mysterious death of Captain George M. Colvocoresses took place on Clinton Street in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut on the night of 3 June 1872. This contemporary manuscript map shows where Colvocoresses's body was found, traces the trajectory of the bullet that killed him, and records other evidence found at the site. Although the crime was the subject of a lengthy investigation, it was never solved. Today Clinton Street lies beneath the elevated portion of Interstate 95, a few blocks from the Barnum Museum.
Description: Manuscript map of Bridgeport, Connecticut, from Clinton Street to the north, the intersection of the Naugatuck and New York and New Haven Railroads and the dock to the east, South Avenue to the south, and Main Street to the west. Most of the detail is concentrated around Clinton Street, which is lined to the north with stables and the dwellings of C.H. Russell and Gideon Thomas, and to the south with Kenyon Rosseau's, S.C. Northrop's and W.H. Powers' residences and Ward's coal shed. In front of Powers' house lies the unidentified body of a man, next to which are two dots representing an umbrella and a cane; across the street is a dot representing a pistol. At the bottom of the sheet, in the space below South Avenue, are two projections of the trajectory of the bullet, one from the side and one from above.
Cartographic Note: no scale Subject Note: George Musalas Colvocoresses was born on 22 October 1816 on the island of Chios, Greece. His parents perished in the massacres of Chios in 1822, and young George was sent to the United States. He entered to United States Navy in 1832, served with the Wilkes Expedition from 1838 to 1842, participated in the Opium Wars in China, and commanded the U.S.S. Saratoga during the United States Civil War. He retired to Litchfield, Connecticut in 1869. He was carrying a great deal of money and was on his way to New York City when he was murdered in Bridgeport, Connecticut on 3 June 1872.
Inscription: Verso, bottom, handwritten in pencil: "Railroad plans"
Object Number: 2012.312.192
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