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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect.
The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
Rare Carte de Visite of a Federal Soldier and a Boy
This image is unique in that it is virtually unknown in period portraits (Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, or CDVs) to have a subject sitting on the floor. Almost always they were photographed in chairs or standing.
Actually a Federal enlisted man, likely Western theater with knee high boots, black slouch hat on his lap and smoking a clap pipe. Wears enlisted nine button frock coat. Seated on the floor at his side , with his head leaning against the soldier’s shoulder is a boy no more than 8-10 years old. Wears forage cap with rain cover and the visor turned up, four button blouse with sleeves rolled up. Light colored trousers and one foot visible wearing what appears to be a standard Jefferson bootee.
Original image found on Heritage Auctions. Image Credit: Historical Boy’s Clothing