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Henry O. Nightingale, c. 1864, age 20. Born in England, Nightingale emigrated to America when he was five and joined the Union Army in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Gettysburg. This picture was taken before he was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 and his left arm was partially amputated.
The photo was taken by J. Jones at the Rendezvous of Distribution in Arlington, Virginia. This was a camp where soldiers, returning either after being exchanged as prisoners of war, or after recouperating from extensive wounds or illness, would be held until the army was ready to forward them on to their respective regiments at the front. The tax stamp indicates the photo dates between late 1864 and the end of the war in early 1865
Confederate Veteran ... a number of blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army, but they will dispute, however, that these blacks served as soldiers, and will dismiss their service as that of servants attached to the Army. Not so however.
This four-pound capacity leather and brass powder flask belonged to First Sergeant Mathew Marvin of Company K, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Marvin, of Winona, Minnesota, served with the 1st Minnesota from 1861 until 1864. He fought, and was wounded, in the Battles of First Bull Run and Gettysburg.
Alice E. Doherty was born in 1887 with a rare genetic mutation called “hypertrichosis”, or “werewolf syndrome”, which causes excessive body hair. She was billed as “The Minnesota Woolly Baby”. At birth, she was covered all over in two-inch long, silky blonde hair. She began exhibiting as a sideshow “freak” at the age of two, and remained in the business until 1915.
Powhatan Beaty (October 8, 1837 – December 6, 1916) was an African American soldier and actor. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army's 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment throughout the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign. He received America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for taking command of his company at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm after all officers had been killed and/or wounded.