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November 1863. Culpeper, Virginia (vicinity). "Contrabands [runaway slaves]." The man on the right is identified in this photo dated October 1863 in Bealeton, Va., as "John Henry, servant, at headquarters, 3d Army Corps, Army of the Potomac." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, General Meade in Virginia. View full size.