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Gettysburg, wife?

Discussion in 'Period Photograph Examinations' started by lennon2, May 22, 2013.

  1. lennon2

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    This photo is from our newspaper archive, last published in 1934. The black and white highlighting is typical of the era's treatment of photos for the autogravure sections.

    The credit was "U. S. Signal Corps Photo" and the caption, "There were days of respite from warfare, when officers' wives were permitted to visit them. In the background is a glimpse of the battlefield of Gettysburg."

    I'd be grateful for any information you might have about this photo, the photographer, the location or the people in it.

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    One from the same series, if it helps.

    Caption was 'Five Union Soldiers on Dirt Porch, Slave Near Them'
     
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    "...slave near them"? I guess the person captioning the photo meant "former slave", as the photo was purported to have been taken near Gettysburg and it was well after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also, someone went to some trouble to dress him in a cute outfit.
     
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    The porch is definitely different in the two photos. Anyone notice?
     
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    Yeah what the fudge is up with that? It could be re-touching, as the first image appears... off?
     
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    Well, upon looking, I see the roofline/trim of another cottage next to this one. And one has snazzy lace curtains......so we're perhaps looking at more than one building in the series.
     
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    Background is different, too.
     
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    Also the second picture has a chimney, the first does not.
     
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    I also see the start of another roof on the right edge of the first photo.
     
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    I should of made my comment easier to understand. I was replying to Nathan, that i see the start of another cottage too. Sorry about the confusion.
     
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    Yea but it can't be the house in the second pic because in that one there is no house to the left of it.
     
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    Here's another photograph showing the same or a similar cottage in the background. B-215 Infantry Company on Parade.jpg
     
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    Thanks, Robert! You can see the same keg on the porch as in the 2nd photo....and wonder what that woman is sitting on?
     
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    Thank you -- have you seen others in this series?
     
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    Robert, I find this in the Matthew Brady collection. Any idea if my original photo was also a Brady? Where / when this was taken? Any provenance would be most helpful.

    I thought the scalloped roof was too fancy for the area, but there is mention of quarters being built for wives in Roswell Farnham's letters. His wife spent some winter months with him, but not Gettysburg, and the 12th Vermont were mustered out shortly after that.
     
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    Not to mention that slavery had been abolished in Pennsylvania in 1780.
     
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    Really? That's quite something.
     
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    The seven northern states, out of the original thirteen, all abolished slavery between 1780 (Pennsylvania) and 1804 (New Jersey). Most of them used a system of gradual emancipation, in which existing slaves remained "apprentices for life" while newborns would become free, although they often had to serve their masters for their first 21-25 years. It may seem odd to us, but it was better than no emancipation at all. Thus for example the 1840 census still showed 64 slaves in Pennsylvania (none in 1850) and there were still 18 elderly "apprentices" in New Jersey as late as 1860.
     
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    I didn't know that, very interesting - thanks man!
     
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    I found yet another of this pair, from the Brady set. I wonder what the backs looked like? The porches and sun angles are indeed different. Although I have found more photos, I still don't know who that woman was!

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