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Many of these I have not seen before:

The Places:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-par...

The People:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-par...

The Stereographs:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-par...
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Thanks for posting these links. Great photos.
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! Amazing shots !
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Wow, it's like, it actually happened! wow
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The Pinkerton picture on page one looks like a miniatures job. Am I the only one that gets that impression? Look at the tent line and near the horse's forelegs, the trees and grass don't help. But the man himself looks perfectly real!

My brain, it is confuzed!

Great photos, thanks for sharing!
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So many pictures taken during the war were lost. Photography was in it's infancy and it was thought afterwards that people simply wouldn't be interested in them. Many glass negatives were destroyed. Some were used for green houses.

Notes on a few photographs.

Page 1

#2: Good picture of just how trashed Sumter was by the bombardment.

#3: Yeah! The Robert Morris! Named after my great great great great great grandfather.

#5: Let's face it. Washington in the civil war was a dump.

#19: These horses were artillery horses for the most part. They were part of teams for the artillery units deployed foolishly along the Emmittsburg Road and the Peach Orchard by Dan Sickles on July 2nd. When withdrawing the Confederates began targeting the horses to prevent the guns from getting away so they could be captured. Thousands of horses died at Gettysburg.

#20: Note the people outside the walls high up in the trees watching.

#22: Note the canister rounds in the foreground.

#24: Note the feet of the Confederates. There are no barefoot Confederates in any pictures from Gettysburg. These bodies have all had their shoes removed. The disheveled cloths are likely from the bodies being looted.

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#5: Lee did not like having full length portraits done of himself. He was very long waisted and didn't like how he looked. Note this was taken in Richmond just a few days after his surrender and he has removed the insignia from his coat.

#14: This photograph has often been used as an example of what grapeshot can do to a man. The truth is the man's body was likely eaten by wild pigs that roamed the Gettysburg area. After the second day's fighting there were a lot of wounded in between the lines. There were many reports of men hearing the wounded screaming in the night as they were attacked by these pigs. One officer wrote about using his sword to beat off a wild pig that attacked him as he lay on the field wounded.

#37: Shows just how much taller Lincoln was than most other men. The man on the far right in front of the tent is George Custer.

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#7 This picture was taken on the east side of the Lutheran Seminary. For all the talk of ragged Confederates these guys are well equipped and shod.

#8 Part of a series of pictures. The photographer continued to reload and take pictures. The result is we see Grant getting up, walking over to Meade and leaning over as they discuss a map Meade is examining.
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Great pics, and Brian thanks for answering most of the questions I had.
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The Union sure had a lot of balls.
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Wow! Amazing pictures, thanks for posting!
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Fascinating, I've never really been interested in ACW stuff before but I've a growing interest in it lately.

The USS Essex is beautiful, like something out of a Verne novel. I had no idea those things existed until recently.
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Amazing. Helps give a better scope of the magnitude of this conflict, not much known in Europe.
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Great links, thanks for posting!


What's with the pictures (page 2) of officers with their hand in jacket, Napoleon style. Allures of grandeurs?
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Awesome pictures, although a bit biased against the south in the subtlety of its' presentation.
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Wasn't the typical height of a man back then a touch over five feet? Lincoln is said to have been about 6'4". Average height for a man nowadays is six feet. I'd say the fellas around Lincoln are a tad over 5', wouldn't you?
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Petru5 wrote:
Wasn't the typical height of a man back then a touch over five feet?

I saw a couple pages of recruiting documents not long ago, with maybe 75-100 entries. The heights were mostly in the 5'5" - 5'8" range.
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theTak wrote:
The Pinkerton picture on page one looks like a miniatures job. Am I the only one that gets that impression? Look at the tent line and near the horse's forelegs, the trees and grass don't help. But the man himself looks perfectly real!

My brain, it is confuzed!

Great photos, thanks for sharing!


I had exactly the same impression.

I love looking at old photos like these. The quality is quite amazing for so long ago. It's like looking back in time.
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Sphere wrote:
Petru5 wrote:
Wasn't the typical height of a man back then a touch over five feet?

I saw a couple pages of recruiting documents not long ago, with maybe 75-100 entries. The heights were mostly in the 5'5" - 5'8" range.


Accortding to statistics - the height of vikings were 3 inches
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theTak wrote:
The Pinkerton picture on page one looks like a miniatures job. Am I the only one that gets that impression? Look at the tent line and near the horse's forelegs, the trees and grass don't help. But the man himself looks perfectly real!

My brain, it is confuzed!

Great photos, thanks for sharing! :D


That effect is caused by a Petzval lens which was the first high speed (optically - f/3.8 was possible) lens available which is what made what we think of as normal portraiture possible. Most pictures like this would have been cropped or had the OOF areas covered up as that swirly OOF look was not appreciated back then.

Now, of course, it's considered cool & it's part of why they go for more money than this large format photographer can afford.
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wlewisiii wrote:
theTak wrote:
The Pinkerton picture on page one looks like a miniatures job. Am I the only one that gets that impression? Look at the tent line and near the horse's forelegs, the trees and grass don't help. But the man himself looks perfectly real!

My brain, it is confuzed!

Great photos, thanks for sharing!


That effect is caused by a Petzval lens which was the first high speed (optically - f/3.8 was possible) lens available which is what made what we think of as normal portraiture possible. Most pictures like this would have been cropped or had the OOF areas covered up as that swirly OOF look was not appreciated back then.

Now, of course, it's considered cool & it's part of why they go for more money than this large format photographer can afford.


Hey cool insight, thanks for sharing!
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