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Members of a engineering battalion near Petersburg, VA

 

The guy in the middle back row, he lives. He lives in every unit I've ever had the pleasure of serving, and I imagine he lives in all other units.

 

Guy second from left in the middle row has a "thousand yard stare". Wonder what those engineers have been doing?

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The quality of that Company B photograph is astonishingly high.

High enough quality to see that it's Company C, at least according to the hat brass. 😀 The soldier lounging in the front row has an absolutely epic stem on that clay pipe.

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The quality of that Company B photograph is astonishingly high.

Yep. I'd guess a nice big smooth glass plate, with a good & even emulsion. You could get excellent quality like that. The soldiers at the point of focus are very clear indeed. No depth of field to speak of, though.

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Interesting that all of the pictures on this page are flipped left-to-right, judging by the buttons (and the US being backwards on the belt). Means that the lad is holding the sword in his left hand.

 

Unless the convention for men's coat buttons has changed in the last 160 or so years?

 

As a negative shows lights as darks and darks as lights, a black backing was put behind the image to correct the contrast. The negative's mirror image could not be corrected, so all images including writing are in reverse.

More technical stuff at http://www.cycleback.com/1800s/earlyphotos.htm

 

This was the first war where photographers were able to capture the nightmares and bring them back to the public.

 

Happy Memorial Decoration Day.

 

Union and Confederate dead, Gettysburg Battlefield, Pa., July 1863. Photographed by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

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This is an awesome photo.

 

Men of Company E, Fort Lincoln, District of Colombia 1864

 

 

 

That would still be, ahem, an accurate picture of Fort Lincoln today.

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This was the first war where photographers were able to capture the nightmares and bring them back to the public.

Apart from the Crimean War,

https://www.thirstt.com/media/images/tbooks/53f484ea07b2be845b72e1fa/uploads/e76839_1000.jpg

the Second Opium War,

http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/photographicproject/images/imagewar2lge.jpg

the Indian Mutiny

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Image-Secundra_Bagh_after_Indian_Mutiny_higher_res.jpg

& any other wars around that time, such as the Franco-Austrian war.

https://vintagephotosjohnson.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/dscn23883.jpg

 

There was a world outside the USA, & it had wars & photographers.

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