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[Private James Malcolm Hart, Crenshaw's Virginia Battery]

Unknown

Date:
1862–65
Medium:
Ambrotype
Dimensions:
Plate: 7.6 x 6.4 cm (3 x 2 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Wynn Vaughan Collection
  • Description

    In the hands of an enterprising portraitist, almost anything could be a useful prop to render a memorable likeness that would stand out from all the others: a canteen with a Union soldier’s initials stenciled on the cloth cover; a striped bow tie worn with panache; or simply raingear. Confederate Private Hart wears a shiny oilcloth poncho and rubberized head and neck gear, the intense effect of which must have been unsettling even to the sitter.

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