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The Conversation: 1864

The Conversation: 1864

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. "Headquarters, Army of the Potomac. Lt. Chas W. Wolsey with horse." Wet-plate glass negative. View full size.

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Lt. Wolsey's military career

In a third-person memoir sent to his sister in 1897, Lt. Wolsey (Woolsey) recalls being commissioned "in the second year of the war" as first lieutenant of Company A of the 164th NY Volunteer Infantry, part of the Irish Brigade. He spent most of the war, however, attached to the staff of the Army of the Potomac as an aide-de-camp.

Re: Conversation

"Can't talk much, I'm a little hoarse"


"So, why the long face?"


I'm guessing a Tennessee Walker.

Beautiful Horse

Maybe a Morgan? do we know? The hooves look a tad overdue for trimming though.


Wow, what a beautiful horse. If I had him I'd want a commemorative photo as well. Did they survive Grant's campaign of the spring of '64?

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