Matthew Brady photo 2288 - Three Confederate Soldiers Captured at Gettysburg

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Identities were verified by Clayton Dolinger, whose mother knew them all. Later found photo of Thomas Jefferson Baldwin at a family reunion, as an elderly man, and he looks basically the same, with goatee, cocked hat, etc. Far left is Pvt. Ephraim Blevins, Co. K of the 37th NC Regiment POW sent to Point Lookout Maryland. Middle is Catain Thomas Jefferson Baldwin 50th VA Inf. Far right is PVT. Andrew Z. Blevins, Co. K, 37th NC Regt. (Ephraim's Father). The reason they look so proud and chummy is that they were all related.
 

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Did your friend verify if they were deserters or stragglers? Based on the date of the photo, the fighting was long over and recent prisoners would not have been sent to the largely militarily unoccupied Gettysburg.
 
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Here is the photo:




http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/cwpb/01400/01451v.jpg


  • Title: [Gettysburg, Pa. Three Confederate prisoners]
  • Date Created/Published: 1863 July.
  • Medium: 1 negative (2 plates) : glass, stereograph, wet collodion.
  • Summary: Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Gettysburg, June-July, 1863.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpb-01451 (digital file from original neg. of left half) LC-DIG-cwpb-01450 (digital file from original neg. of right half) LC-B8171-2288 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: LC-B811- 2288 [P&P] LOT 4181 (corresponding print)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print


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Ephraim Blevins' CSR indicates he was a conscript, entering the army in August 1862. I didn't find a CSR for his father Andrew, but there was a scad of Blevinses all enlisted in the regiment on the same date (including Ephraim). The 37th North Carolina was part of Pettigrew's Division during the famous charge at Gettysburg although I don't think there's a clear way to know whether the Blevinses were present for that event.

I'm loathe to suggest any of these men was a deserter without contemporary documentation of it, but it might not be hard to see that an unhappy and conscripted soldier might engage in some concerted straggling and, with the expectation of a quick exchange in mind, not be too determined to evade capture. (Ephraim Blevins would, in fact, spend the next two years in the Federal PoW system.)
 


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