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Agnus Dei: 1865

Agnus Dei: 1865

April 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldier." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair, by Thomas C. Roche. View full size.

 

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Turned-Out Pockets

There were no "dog tags" then and so the soldier would write his name and hometown on a scrap of paper and carry it in his pocket so his body could be identified if needed. You will see the turned out pockets on almost all the dead.

Agnus Dei

Qui tolis peccata mundi
Miserere nobis
Amen

The real face of war

What a desolate string of images. Kind of spoils the fun of enrolling in the military...

Also, someone seems to have picked the pocket of this poor fellow.

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