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Winter Quarters: 1864

Winter Quarters: 1864

1864-65. "13th New York Heavy Artillery, Winter Quarters, Petersburg, Va." Wet plate glass negative, Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

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The taller of the two men leaning on the tree is me! At least when I was in my 20s. Possibly my great-grandfather, who was, I believe, a New Yorker and would have been about that age.

Addendum: There was a Pvt. Frederick L. Knapp in Co.A and a Caleb Knapp in Co.G. Since my grandfather was Fred C. Knapp (b. 1875), I'd say there's a fair chance that my doppleganger is Fred L.

Later: found that Fred L. died in 1908 "with no closer relation than a cousin" so apparently not GGrandpop. Don't know about Caleb.

The resemblence really is astonishing, though: I called my wife over to take a look and she said "Why'd you do that?" assuming I'd Photoshopped an old picture of myself into the image.

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