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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Company C: 1864

Company C: 1864

August 1864. "Petersburg, Virginia. Company C, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

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Regiment's Timeline

There is an excellent, easy to read timeline of the regiment's history at this site.
Depending on the date they were either scouting for the army, participating in a "demonstration" north of the James River or in what I take to be various encampments in Union held areas around Richmond.

Between the sargents

Is a former corporal, you can see his removed stripes.

Company C ID

A detailed discussion of this image and possible identities of one of the men in it over on my CW blog,

Battle of the Crater

Perhaps shot a few days after the most horrific battle of the war. The crater filled with bodies and blood so deep you had to swim in it.

Charlie Company Tough Guy

Seated second from left, still glaring after being shot in the jaw.

Shattered dreams

What a cruel thing fate is. You have the excessively rare opportunity of gaining even the slightest modicum of immortality, and it's snatched away because somewhere a piece of glass gets broken.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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