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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Big Picture: 1864

The Big Picture: 1864

1864. "Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Photographer [possibly Mathew Brady] at Butler's signal tower, Cobb's Hill, Appomattox River. Wet plate glass negative from photos of the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. African American man standing along with Signal Corps." Note the camera lens on the grass, and cloth-draped darkroom on the wagon. View full size.

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Can anyone identify...

...the objects to the reclining gentleman's left? Partially dismantled photographic equipment, perhaps?

[The photo caption has your answer. -tterrace]

Naval officers

The guy lying on the ground and the officer on the picnic table are naval officers -- Naval Lieutenants. The US Navy changed its insignias five times during the civil war. The diagonal anchors on the shoulder boards and the shape of the wreaths on the caps limit the date of this picture to between January 29th 1864 to January 14th 1865.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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