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Groups of Soldiers
Photographers would follow the armies almost everywhere - not an easy feat since the logistics of field photography were daunting. Some photographers were content to turn out inexpensive soldier portraits or group photos while others served the army more formally.

Brandy Station Va.

Brandy Station, Va. Band of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry (Zouaves)
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, winter quarters at Brandy Station, December 1863-April 1864.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 April
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7611


Group of Co. A, 8th New York State Militia

Group of Co. A, 8th New York State Militia, Arlington, Va., June, 1861
Group of soldiers posed in front of tent, one with drum, one with flag, some with rifles, some with swords, and a dog.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7985


Group of Co. A, 8th New York State Militia

Group of Co. A, 8th New York State Militia, Arlington, Va., June, 1861
Group of soldiers posed in front of tent, one with drum, one with flag, some with rifles, some with swords, and a dog.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7985


Gibson's horse battery

Gibson's horse battery (C. 3d U.S. Art'y.) near Fair Oaks, Va. June 1862
Many soldiers with cannons drawn by horses.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7986


Group of soldiers of Co. G., 71st New York

Group of soldiers of Co. G., 71st New York Volunteers, posed in front of tent
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-117312


Headquarters of Blenkers Brigade

Headquarters of Blenkers Brigade
Large group of soldiers posed in front of building.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-92594


Major General J.A. Mower and staff

Major General J.A. Mower and staff
16 soldiers posed.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-90935


Warrenton, Va. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner and staff

Warrenton, Va. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner and staff
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Burnside and Hooker, November 1862-April 1863. Left to right: Capt. W. G. Jones, Maj. Laurence Kip, A.D.C., Lt. Col. Joseph H. Taylor, A.A.C., Gen. Sumner, Capt. J. M. Garland, Chief of Ambulances, Capt. S. S. Sumner, A.D.C., unknown, Lt. Col. W. W. Teall.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 November 13
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7211


District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry

District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington. Shows 27 African Americans in two lines with rifles resting on the ground.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7890


Confederate prisoners at Belle Plain Landing, Va.

Confederate prisoners at Belle Plain Landing, Va., captured with Johnson's Division, May 12, 1864
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed 1864, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-121669, LC-USZC4-6469


District of Columbia. Company E

District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington. Shows 27 African Americans in two lines with rifles resting on the ground.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7890


District of Columbia. White officers

District of Columbia. White officers of 4th U.S. Colored Infantry at leisure, Fort Slocum
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7851


Brandy Station, Va. Troopers of Co. D

Brandy Station, Va. Troopers of Co. D, 3d Pennsylvania Cavalry (2d Division, Cavalry Corps)
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, winter quarters at Brandy Station, December 1863-April 1864.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 March
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7389


Brandy Station, Va. Officers and men of Co. K

Brandy Station, Va. Officers and men of Co. K, 1st U.S. Cavalry (1st Division, Cavalry Corps)
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, winter quarters at Brandy Station, December 1863-April 1864.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 February
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7279


Washington, D.C. Six marines with fixed bayonets at the Navy Yard

Washington, D.C. Six marines with fixed bayonets at the Navy Yard
Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 April
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7697


Hampton Roads, Va. Rear Admiral David D. Porter

Hampton Roads, Va. Rear Admiral David D. Porter and staff aboard his flagship, U.S.S. Malvern
Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 December
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7227


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