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ca. 1864, [U.S. Army surgeon, Dr. S. Baird Wolf, about to amputate an arm] via Respiratory Diseases: a Photographic History 1845-1870, The Pioneer Era, Stanley B. M.D. Burns WHILE the patient is awake it seems!

One of the most famous and poignant photographs to come out of the Civil War is this unidentified young soldier, a member of the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry taken in 1861.

This picture was taken in a Civil War Camp near Washington DC in 1862. Interesting thing is that it shows a soldier with his wife and children. It is hard to say if the woman had just come to visit her husband, or if she was living there in the camp. Either way, it makes an interesting picture.

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

History of Ireland: Life in Celtic Ireland

Boudicca - Queen of the Iceni Celts under Roman rule. When her husband, King Prasutagus, died in 60AD, the Romans reneged on an earlier agreement & demanded Boudicca hand over her land & wealth. She refused & the Romans beat her & raped her daughters. In turn, Boudicca amassed & led a force of 100,000 warriors against the Roman army & very nearly defeated them... her army sacked London and held the Romans at bay for over 6 months... longer than any other military leader ever...

ca. 1861-65, “Hospital [amputation] Scene at Fortress Monroe, Va.”, George Stacy via the Library of Congress, Stereographic Cards Collection