For the first time History Detectives teams up with Antiques Roadshow to trace the story behind two people in a fascinating photograph.
The photo shows two men, one black and the other white, both dressed in Confederate uniforms. History Detectives host Wes Cowan first encountered this Civil War tintype in his role as an Antiques Roadshow appraiser.
The Antiques Roadshow episode unleashed a flood of responses, from viewers, bloggers and historians. Now the owner of this tintype and his friend, both direct descendants of the two men in the photograph, ask Wes Cowan to track down the rest of the story.
Was the African American dressed in a Confederate uniform a slave or free? History Detectives investigates the story behind this one of a kind photograph.
Silas' Pension Application
- Also in Season 9 Teddy Roosevelt War Club What could this strange object have to do with Teddy Roosevelt and his run for a third term presidency?
- Also with Wes Cowan Modoc Basket What tales does this basket weave of the heroism of an American-Indian woman?
- Also in Civil War: 1850-1877 Chief Black Kettle Are these war spoils of a Cheyenne chief?
- Also with Wes Cowan Valley Forge Map Did George Washington use this map during the American Revolution?
- Related Investigation WWII Patch What is the story behind these patches?
- Also in Season 9 Kittery Telescope What can this telescope reveal about America’s earliest struggles for independence?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.