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An Arrival in Camp: 1863

An Arrival in Camp: 1863

January 1, 1863. "Contrabands coming into camp -- arrival of Negro family in the Union lines." This image, half of a stereograph pair, was turned into a sketch by the artist Alfred Waud and appeared in the Jan. 31, 1863, issue of Harper's Weekly over the caption "An arrival in Camp -- under the Proclamation of Emancipation." Wet plate negative by David B. Woodbury. View full size.

 

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The picture vs the sketch

It was suprising to me to look at the Waud sketch and see the same boy who looked so unhappy in the picture now looking up at the artist in a positively cheery way. I suppose it's possible his mood changed but I suspect more than a little artistic license was taken by Mr. Waud instead.

Please note

There is already a link to Alfred Waud's sketch in the caption.

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