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Ambulance Camp: 1864

Ambulance Camp: 1864

August 1864. "Camp of Chief Ambulance Officer, 9th Army Corps, in front of Petersburg, Virginia." Albumen print, photographer unknown. Civil War Glass Negatives and Prints collection, Library of Congress. View full size.


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Civil War Celeb

That’s got to be a relative of Ed Norton, second from right. In a director’s chair no doubt!

Fancy folding chair

Seated second from the left.

Unhappy lot

Grumpy bunch of guys, but Dave's response to the post by FixIt gave me a belly laugh to make up for the gloom!

What are they hiding from?

The infamous Confederate Air Force? Or at least the Viginia Balloon Corps?

Eyes have it

Intense imagery. Everyone, even the kid on the right, has the same look in their eyes. The black man is the only one with anything resembling a smile.

Multiple usage of equipment

Looks like the bone saw served double duty as the pine limb trimmer for the camp.

Battle of the Crater

This must have been taken shortly after the fiasco of the Battle of the Crater, but maybe also after the Second Battle of the Weldon Railroad, which was more successful. I can't even imagine what these men had just seen.

Legs like a tree

If he was missing both legs, why would he still be in the military? Why wasn't he sent home? Or to a soldiers home? This picture is going to disturb me all day.

[He's standing behind the stump. - Dave]

Post Office?

Fascinating photo. I know the caption says Ambulance Officer, but this looks more like the camp post office. Two of the standing men are holding almost identical packages. Maybe some Civil War buff can guess what would be in them.

[The caption says this is *the camp* of the Chief Ambulance Officer. The larger camps having their own telegraph offices, messengers, letter carriers, etc. - Dave]

Function of an ambulance camp

Boy, that's an interesting photo. Is there any identification of the men
in the picture? Does the "ambulance officer" have to do with evacuation
of the wounded, as it would seem from today's idea of an ambulance?
The camp appears to include a sorting station for mail and messages.

Pine pergola

That's a clever structure they've put together of pine logs and boughs. I'll bet it smelled sweet and made a swishy sound in the hot summer breeze. In other news, the young man seated on the far right looks like he was about fourteen years old. I hope he made it home after the war.

Photoshop not around in 1864

The fellow standing at the left leaning on the cabinet seems to be missing his lower torso and legs, and has a tree where they should be.

[That's his stump. - Dave]

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