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May 19, 2018

24 Rare Studio Portraits of Union and Confederate Soldiers With Their Friends During the American Civil War

Photographs of soldiers during the Civil War (1861–1865) were very popular. These ambrotypes and tintypes, and small card photos called cartes de visite represent both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War.

The portraits often show weapons, hats, canteens, musical instruments and painted backdrops. Other photo topics include flags, city views, veterans, and ships. Among the most rare images are portraits of soldiers with their friends.

This might be first, only, and/or last time one of these men might be able to get his picture taken. So it’s striking how many of these men wanted that picture to be with a friend. It’s especially touching how they made sure to display the affection they felt for one another, with arms on shoulders, linked arms, and even held hands.



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