Said to be an army hospital nurse, this post mortem (death portrait) photograph shows a young woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War and at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Three of them died in late 1863 and two died in early 1865. The 1864 stamp on this image places it between those two time
Sumter Guards uniform coat (pictured below), worn by Captain D. Huger Bacot in the 1870s, and perhaps earlier, since the coat may be Civil War manufacture. The collar and cuffs represent the infantry as specified by the system of branch color developed during the Civil War. Charleston Museum.