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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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Agnus Dei: 1865

Agnus Dei: 1865

April 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldier." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair, by Thomas C. Roche. View full size.

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Turned-Out Pockets

There were no "dog tags" then and so the soldier would write his name and hometown on a scrap of paper and carry it in his pocket so his body could be identified if needed. You will see the turned out pockets on almost all the dead.

Agnus Dei

Qui tolis peccata mundi
Miserere nobis

The real face of war

What a desolate string of images. Kind of spoils the fun of enrolling in the military...

Also, someone seems to have picked the pocket of this poor fellow.

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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