918. Collecting Remains of the Dead

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2 images
Photograph by
Reekie, John, Scottish, born 1829
Published by
Taylor & Huntington, American
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper, cardboard, and adhesive
H x W: 4 × 7 in. (10.2 × 17.8 cm)
Place depicted
Cold Harbor, Hanover County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
This photographic print stereograph shows a stretcher or litter in the foreground with several skeletal human remains piled on it. Clothing remains on the bones, including a boot that is placed on the ground in front of the stretcher with a skeletal leg extending from it. Three (3) men in civilian clothing are seen in the background. The man on the left is standing inside a hole holding a shovel. The other two men also hold tools and appear to be continuing to gather bodies or prepare graves. On the left side of the orange cardboard mount printed text reads "1861 THE WAR FOR THE UNION 1865" and on the right side "1861 PHOTOGRAPHIC WAR HISTORY 1865" with the name of the photograph, "Collecting the Remains of the Dead" printed in the lower right corner beneath the image. Handwritten on the mount in the upper right corner is the text "No. 16". Text printed on the reverse of the paper mount lists further details about the photograph with further information about a series of Civil War battlefield photography available from the printer Taylor & Huntington.
African American
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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