Friday, March 28, 2014

German POWs Boarding Trucks

German POWs being loaded into American trucks, near Ch√Ęteau-Thierry, 1918. Animated stereoview.

First Photograph of a Manned Balloon in Flight? (1859)

A Thaddeus Lowe balloon named United States aloft at the corner of 6th Avenue and 59th Street, New York City, 1859. The balloon looks as though it is rising out of a temporary stadium with wooden bleachers. The address seems to put the event in Central Park or adjacent to it. The man that is visible in the balloon's basket might be Thaddeus Lowe himself. This is the earliest photograph that I have come across that undisputedly shows a balloon in flight. Animated stereoview.

Animated Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portrait of John McAllister, Jr.

Portrait of John McAllister, Jr., c. 1850's. Animated stereoscopic daguerreotypes.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Union Soldiers at Fort McAllister

Union soldiers removing artillery shells from Fort McAllister, Georgia, 1864. Animated stereoview.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Two Views of President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Procession at the Corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1865)

Two views of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession at the corner of 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 1865. The catafalque carrying his casket is visible on the right of both scenes. A recruitment billboard for Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock's 1st (Veteran?) Army Corps (or possibly just exemption agents using that name?) is visible above the catafalque. By Ridgway Glover. Animated stereoviews.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wounded Union Soldiers on the Grounds of Brompton, Fredericksburg (1864)

Union soldiers wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness being cared for beneath a tree at Brompton, Fredericksburg, 1864. Among them are Native American soldiers possibly from the 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Sharpshooters. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Union Zouaves Posing in Front of a Destroyed Bridge Between the Town of Hampton and Fort Monroe (1861)

Union Zouaves pose in front of a bridge connecting the town of Hampton with Fort Monroe, which was partially destroyed by Confederate forces, 1861. By George Stacy. Animated stereoview.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

People Waiting Waiting For News of the Baltimore Riot in Cumberland, Maryland (1861)

A group of people waiting outside a of bookstore for news about the Baltimore Riot which was probably being received by telegraph, Cumberland, Maryland, April 19, 1861. By Robert Shriver. Animated stereoview.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Union Soldiers Playing Cards

Union soldiers of the 134th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment playing cards and drinking in camp, Columbus, Kentucky, 1864. By John Carbutt. Animated stereoview.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Captured Confederate Fortifications in Centreville

A group of Union soldiers posing on captured Confederate fortifications in Centreville, 1862. Animated stereoscopic photograph.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Union Soldiers Returning From Foraging

Union soldiers of the 134th Illinois Volunteer Infantry returning from foraging, Columbus, Kentucky, c. 1864. By John Carbutt. Animated stereoview.

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Women of the White Mountain Rangers

Members of the White Mountain Rangers, a home guard militia, pose with their spears, c. 1861. Very little information is known about the photograph, but it is probably not a serious military unit. The women seem to have a bit of a uniform going on. A young boy and older male teenager, possibly the acting officer in charge, appear at the far right and far left of the photo. Women in civilian clothing stand on the porch. Gilder Lehrman claims the photograph could have been taken in New Hampshire. By Alexander Gardner.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

President Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall in Honor of the Admission of Kansas Into the Union, Philadelphia (1861)


President-elect Abraham Lincoln raising a flag at Independence Hall in honor of the admission of Kansas into the Union, Philadelphia, February 22, 1861.

"Lincoln was standing without a hat above the third star from the left. His son Tad leaned on the rail with his chin in his hand. Once his powerful affirmation was delivered, he enjoyed the fun, and went outside to raise the flag. He hoisted it with ease, and a loud cheer erupted from the tens of thousands assembled. A fuzzy photograph captures him there, the only one we have from the entire 12-day journey. Lincoln’s face is indistinct; but his presence can be felt; the tree-climbers in the foreground and the soldiers in the front row convey the urgency that now followed him everywhere."

The second and third photographs are cropped and uncropped versions of the same photo.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Three Views of Union Soldiers Posing in Front of a Lean-to Shelter During the Civil War Near Lewinsville, Virginia (1861)

"Picket guard on the alert, near Lewinsville, Va." Source.

"Picket guard, Lewinsville, Va." Civil War-era colorization of the same stereoview with a different caption. Source.

Higher resolution version of the scene. Source.

"Picket guard on the alert, near Lewinsville, Va." Union soldiers in front of a lean-to shelter posing as if they were fighting in a skirmish, 1861. By Edward Bierstadt. Animated stereoviews. Later used as a reference for his brother Albert Bierstadt's painting seen here:

"Guerrilla Warfare," by Albert Bierstadt, 1862. Source.

I have come across at least two other versions of Union soldiers posing in front of the shelter by Edward Bierstadt. The following stereoview is from Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose.

"Picket Guard at rest near Lewinsville, Va." Another scene of Union soldiers posing in front of the shelter.

The third is said to show Union soldiers guarding Confederate POWs in front of the shelter.

"Picket Guard with Prisoners Near Lewisville." The resolution of the photograph is too low to tell whether or not the "Lewisville" caption is misspelled. From Cowan's Auctions. Source.