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Company B: 1864

Company B: 1864

August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Siege of Petersburg. Group of Company B, U.S. Engineer Battalion." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

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They come back, don't they

Just discovered this site. I will keep my commentary short. Simply Stunning and moving. There but for the grace of God go I. Just as we are confused about where the future is taking us, we look at these faces, and we see they are in a more precarious situation, yet somehow made it through. Our answers lay in admitting we don't know and to return to our past to restore our courage and character, imagination and vision.

Thank you for what you are doing with this Blog.

Manny Vega

Bugle boy

Though there may not be a bugle in the picture, the soldier on the extreme right seems to be holding a Musician's sword so he is probably the bugler for the company.

A motley crew

Dont tell Lou, but their there just might be a Cornett in this group!

From Maine

When the war started there was only one company of engineers in the US Army. Company B was recruited in Maine in 1861 and that's when my great grandfather, a farm boy from Gardner, joined. There have been several photographs of Company B and like a previous commenter I wonder if I might be looking at ole gramps. His Army training payed off because after the War he became a builder and formed a company which build many homes and public buildings.


existed. With varieties of facial hair and who knows what other foibles that might have been fretting them. Itches? Communication (breakdowns) with loved one at home? You can practically see their entire lives in their faces.

Does he have an agent?

Definitely some handsome men here! My very first thought when I saw the man on the ground in the center was that they could build an entire TV show around him. Perhaps something in between Branded and F-Troop.

Four months early

My great-great-grandfather was transferred to Company B in December 1864. Almost had a photo of him here!

Carpe diem

Some handsome fellers in that group. Looks like they're trying to tell us something. Seize the day? Or, life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not its goal ... dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul?

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