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Friday, March 16, 2012

SS #117 Scouts

Sepia Saturday
#117
scouts

  I could not find any boy or girl scout photos so I had to go with this which probably had a lot of "scouting" going on.


A group of civil war soldiers from my home county.


Courtesy of 
Washington County Kentucky
Bicentennial History
1772-1972

Kentucky was one of the"border states" in the Civil War, both geographically and politically. It was situated on the dividing line between the northern and southern region of the United States. And it was one of only a few slave state that opted to stay in the Union. Though the Commonwealth was officially neutral, its citizens were deeply divided over the issues that caused the Civil War, and over the war itself--a division symbolized by the fact that both Civil War presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were Kentucky native sons..



This was probably a tintype as that was the most popular type of photography during that time.
It looks as if it has been transferred to some type of metal or glass plate.


Hastings, MI based photographer Robert Shimmin, specializes in tin type photography, a nearly extinct process that’s technically referred to as “wet plate collodion.”
Invented in the 1850s, the process requires glass or tin plates that are developed on location. Shimmin uses his own homemade large format cameras and a portable darkroom.


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12 comments:

Wendy said...

Look at those LONG rifles!

Titania said...

That is a very interesting photograph. It must have been a sensation then because it was new and now because it is so old. It is a good choice. I could not find any scouts in my family!

Christine H. said...

Until now it had never registered with me that both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davies were born in Kentucky. Very interesting.

GrandmaK said...

Wonderful pictures! Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear Peggy!!! Cathy

Bob Scotney said...

I've been hoping to see photos of scouts in the 'wild west.' These are different I know but interesting nevertheless.

Postcardy said...

I am amazed at how long the guns are. I didn't realize that Kentucky was so divided or that Lincoln and Davis originally were from the same state.

barbara and nancy said...

What a great photo of soldiers. They look so young. How sad. What a waste that war was. Wonder how many of these boys survived.
Nancy

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

This is totally amazing! I have never seen a photo like this before or have heard of that process.

Way cool, thanks for sharing it with us.

Kathy M.

Little Nell said...

That’s an amazingly well preserved picture. Those ghostly images of soldiers from so long ago I find rather poignant.

Rudee said...

I have a similar photo of my mother in law's family from southern Indiana.

Tattered and Lost said...

Fascinating to know that each of the men in that shot would have some amazing stories to tell if they survived.

Alan Burnett said...

Your civil war is always fascinating as it must have been the first major conflict to have been covered by the new art of photography. In some ways it is as far back as we can "see" and your image is even more fascinating for that reason.