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Gettysburg: 1863

Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. "Gettysburg, Pa. Three captured Confederate soldiers, likely from Louisiana, pose for Mathew Brady on Seminary Ridge following the Battle of Gettysburg." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair. View full size.

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Difference in generations

Other comments mention Johnny Depp while I look at the man in the middle and think Gregory Peck. What an elegant stance. That's some long legs.


I thought of Johnny Depp myself when looking at Mr. Left in the photo.

Mr. Left

He has an air of wildness and piracy about him, and his hat is decidedly rakish. (Johnny Depp, take note.) His pose is one of confidence and readiness. Yes, I like him very much. I'm sure he desperately needed a bath, but from this vantage point he's certainly a romantic figure.

Foote Favorite

In the Ken Burns documentary "The Civil War," author Shelby Foote referred to this particular photograph as one of his favorites.

Seminary Ridge, July 15

The historian William A. Frassanito attributes this photograph to Mathew Brady and dates it as on or about July 15, or almost two weeks after the battle.

See his "Gettysburg: A Journey in Time" (1975), pp. 37, 71).

Also, from the Encyclopedia Virginia, "Three Confederate Prisoners."

[Thanks, EV. I added that to the caption. - Dave]

Lean and Mean

Not an ounce of fat on them.

Virgil Cain is my name

Weren't these the roadies for The Band?

Hot water

Can you imagine how wonderful it would feel to take a bath?

Well supplied

Notice how well stocked they are. They are ready for a long stay in a Union prison. Most of the time, Lee's army was well supplied, and uniformed. The myth of the "ragged rebel" did not apply here.

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