History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

28 May, 2011

People of the Civil War II

It's taken a rather long time to do so, but we're returning to the American Civil War. As I talked about in my first post on this theme, there are thousands of portraits of the (often very young) men who had to fight in this war, and it's incredible to look into their faces. This was 150 years ago, and yet they are so clearly like any boys today. You can see their individuality, bits of their personalities and feelings-- and 150 years comes to seem like nothing at all. 

All are from the Library of Congress. They come in elabourate frames which I've mostly cropped out to focus on the faces; you can see the originals in the links if you so desire. These particular soldiers are all unidentified. 

Man in Zouave uniform. Source

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