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Rufus Rides Again: 1864

Rufus Rides Again: 1864

April 1864. "Brandy Station, Virginia. Gen. Rufus Ingalls on horseback. Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war -- winter quarters at Brandy Station." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

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How big's the plate?

From the field of view, depth of field, distance to subject, and f/numbers back then it must be a good size.

Beans, Bullets and Bandages

An army lives and wins on its stomach. As a Chief Quartermaster he, like UPS, was all logistics, and quite successful at it, too.

Little General on the Prairie

I wonder if he and Laura Ingalls, author of the Little House books, are related. Anyone have access to a good genealogy search?

[This came up in the comments to this Shorpy posting. - tterrace]

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