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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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Federal Fortification: 1864

Federal Fortification: 1864

1864. "Point of Rocks, Virginia (vicinity). Redoubt 'Zabriskie' on Appomattox River." Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

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Psychedelic Ditch

Those branches with only seed pods remaining are most likely Datura stramonium, AKA Jimson Weed, which acquired its name ("Jamestown Weed") from an earlier conflict in Virginia called Bacon's Rebellion, a 1676 uprising of settlers against Governor William Berkeley, led by Nathaniel Bacon. Troops dispatched by Berkeley to quell the rebellion consumed young shoots of the plant and, as a result, spent the next several days hallucinating.

Never Dreamed

That there would be a sign to identify his redoubt. Question would be: which way is it facing?

Shorpy School

Class, here are today's lessons:

With this post I now know what a Redoubt is and who Col. Zabriskie was.

And in the preceding post immediately before this one I learned about the word "ubermensch" The translation from German is "Overman, Overhuman, Above-Human, Superman, Super-human"

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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