In the 1860′s while the United States was deeply entrenched in the Civil War, photography was beginning to increase in popularity and accessibility. Many young soldiers carried photographs with them throughout their travels, the photographs a reminder to them that their loved ones were awaiting their return.
Unfortunately many of the young men who fought in the Civil War did not return home to their families. The history books show gruesome scenes of the battlefields littered with the extinguished hopes and dreams of so many young men. What the history books do not show or mention is what happened to the remains of these men and the belongings that they carried when they died.
The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, is shedding some light on this subject. They have amassed a large collection of photographs from the Civil War, many of them gathered from fallen soldiers and saved in hopes of identifying the subjects. The Photographic Services department of the Museum of the Confederacy has preserved these images, many of which they have identified.
For more information, see the original article by Steve Szkotak for the Associated Press:
More information is available online at:
The Center for Civil War Photography: www.civilwarphotography.org
Museum of the Confederacy: www.moc.org