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Christian Commission: 1865

Christian Commission: 1865

April 1865. "Richmond, Va. Crowd before headquarters of the U.S. Christian Commission." An offshoot of the YMCA that provided medical and spiritual support to Union troops during the Civil War. Wet plate negative. View full size.


Is competition a good thing?

The Christian Commission felt the need to compete with the US Sanitary Commission (largely the Unitarians and the Universalists) but the end result was that they both did great work for the wounded and ill Union soldiers.

Some of the soldiers look so young

Was the cap worn by so many of the boys fashion of the day or were they involved fighting?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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