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The Old Stone House: 1865

The Old Stone House: 1865

      The Ege family dwelling, which had tangential connections to General Lafayette, George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe.

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "The Old Stone House -- so-called 'Washington's headquarters,' 1916 East Main Street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

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Dour Group

Well, their side just lost the War and there's a very high probability that they each lost at least one brother and maybe a dad in the process. Note the military cut of their jackets. They look like miniature versions of paroled soldiers. One or two may have actually been in one of the city's home guard companies.

Not having fun? Neither would you...

...given the fact that the kids are now living in an occupied city. Notice how the kids are also wearing what appear to be cut-down Union Army sack coats, and two of them are wearing Confederate grey kepis.

Kind of reminds me of similar photos taken 80 years later of occupied cities in Germany, where a lot of the kids were clad in cast-off military garb.

Seven Boys, One Woman

I think the boy in the tree is having the most fun. He's got spunk. Otherwise this does seem like a rather dour group.

And 148 years later,

the building still stands as The Poe Museum.

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