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Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories
Before going off to fight in the Civil War, many soldiers on both sides of the conflict posed for a carte de visite, or visiting card, to give to their families, friends, or sweethearts. Invented in 1854 by a French photographer, the carte de visite was a small photographic print roughly the size of a modern trading card. The format arrived in America on the eve of the Civ ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published January 1st 2004)
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This was an enjoyable, short, and all too limited compendium of bibliographical information on a very limited number of Union Officers and soldiers. I suspect that a seriously delimiting factor was the amount of "digging" it probably took author Coddington to find all the carte de visite pictures. Then, to match each with just enough biographical information to give readers a sense of who the individual was before he got to the Union Army, a very brief recounting of his involvement in the War, a ...more