Photochopped Grant

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This photo requires close scrutiny. It says Grant at City Point, but scrutiny shows it's only Grant's face.

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Read more about it here: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/cwp/mystery.html
This is a very informative thread about olden day 'photoshopping' and I only marvelled at such the other day when it came to another Grant image. It definitely does take some detective work to notice these things at times and I thank you for sharing.

Love the title as well, btw :smile:
 
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This image has come up for discussion here a few years ago. It's pretty interesting and it's nice to see it again.

How is this done? It’s done very well.. I can’t see where it’s been changed or how it’s been changed .. or just don’t understand
If you click on the link in the first post, it's all explained in the article, including the three original photos from which this image was composed.
 
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This reminds me of how the Soviet Union did something very similar with a photograph of their flag waving on the roof of the Reichstag, they had edited the original image to make it more dramatic and to remove a supposed second watch the soldier supporting the flag holder had worn. A decent video about this can be found here, but if you prefer articles the Daily Mail explains this relatively well too.

Amusing as it is that photographers saw a need to edit photographs so dramatically, it makes one think about the authenticity of older photographs and if what you're seeing should be taken as 100% factual.
 
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It's Grant's head with hat superimposed on a photo taken during 1864 of Major General Alexander M. McCook who is seated on his own horse.

2. Grant was a 3-star Lt. General by the time he was at City Point. The picture shows 1 star on the shoulder board although it appears long enough to include 2 stars -- a major general, which was McCook's grade as of July 17, 1862.

3. The soldiers in the background of the picture are Confederate prisoners from the Battle of Front Royal being guarded by Union soldiers at a Union camp somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley.
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Using Sources : Civil War Photography, Technology & Tricks
Solving a Civil War Photograph Mystery

This photo was the subject of a Trivia question back in January 2018 here at CWT.
 

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Yes, you know you're busted when Library of Congress points this stuff out. Brady's son? You just know when father and son met again ( elsewhere than Earth ) there was a discussion.
 
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This is a very informative thread about olden day 'photoshopping' and I only marvelled at such the other day when it came to another Grant image. It definitely does take some detective work to notice these things at times and I thank you for sharing.

Love the title as well, btw :smile:
Either it is "Photochopped" or Grant gave up his aversion to rare meat
 
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