Dutch Gap refers to a Canal dug during the Civil War to cut off a bend in the James River controlled by Confederate forts. Digging of the canal started in late 1864 and among the workers were paid African Americans from the Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island. Freedmen in the USCT (including the 116th Regiment out of Kentucky) also took part in the military conflicts at Dutch Gap.
A reddish brown photograph of two men aiming rifles to the left of the photograph. Both men are wearing Union fatigues, including kepi hats and appear to have a full complement of Union-issue uniforms. They are in matching shoes, pants, coats, belts, sabers, and caps. One man is standing behind the side of a building. The other man is kneeling next to him. His rifle is propped on a barrel. The stereograph is made of two identical photographs. The right photograph is inscribed in the bottom left corner with “2553.” The photographs are adhered to orange card stock with back printed text. Printed on the left side of the card stock is “PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY.” Printed on the right side of the card stock is “THE WAR FOR THE UNION.” The back of the stereograph is pink with a blue piece of paper with black text adhered at center. The text reads “WAR VIEWS, / Colored Pickets on duty near Dutch Gap. / No. 2553. / Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co., / American and Foreign Stereoscopic Emporium, 501 Broadway, New-York.”