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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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.

 

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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