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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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Band of Brothers: 1865

Band of Brothers: 1865

"Soldier group, Federal Army." Circa 1865 wet-plate glass negative, location and photographer unknown. Library of Congress Civil War collection. View full size

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Could you pass the Sears catalog please?

No doubt, an officer's privy, equipped with slots in the logs to aid him in fending off any assaults on his 'position'!

On your left

On your left, the new officers' latrine. The enlisted men have to find a tree.

Drummer Boys? Orderlies?

I'm wondering if these very young men were orderlies or drummer boys. Both Federal and Confederate officers had Negro orderlies, some of these having served in the households where the officers grew up. This would account for Negroes being found in otherwise all-white units.

[There are lots of Federal (Union) Army photos in the Library of Congress Civil War archive showing black personnel with the white troops. If there is any mention of race in the caption information, it's often something like "Negro teamsters," "servant" or "colored cook." - Dave]

Solid Structure

Looks like an outhouse to me. Room enough to sit and still keep watch for Johnny Reb, while offering some protection.

Wish you were here

Dear Mom: We used our last tree to build this little doohickey shown in our field manual that seems to have no real purpose. At least no one can sneak up on us!

SHORPY OLD 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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