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Title
918. Collecting Remains of the Dead
Contributor
[none noted]
Publication Information
The War Photograph & Exibition Company
Los Angeles: Occidental College Library, 2008
Contributing Institution
Occidental College Library
Collection
Occidental College Stereographs
Rights Information
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Description
[transcribed text] Collecting Remains of the Dead. This is a ghastly view showing the process of collecting the remains of the Union Soldiers who were hastily buried at the time of the battle. This is a scene on the battlefield months after the battle, when the Government ordered the remains gathered for permanent burial. The grinning skulls, the boot still hanging on the fleshless bones, the old canteen on the skeleton, all testify to the hasty burial after the battle. Looking on this scene you can easily understand why, in all National Cemeteries there are so great a number of graves marked "Unknown." These are the "Unknown" heroes of the War, who "died that out Nation might live" 1861 Photographic history 1865 This series of pictures are original photographs taken during the war of the Rebellion. More than a quarter of a century has passed away since the sun painted these real scenes of that great war, and the "negatives"(made by the old "wet plate" process) have undergone chemical changes which renders it slow and difficult work to get "prints" from them. Of course no more "negatives" can be made, as the scenes represented by this series of war views have passed away forever. The great value of these pictures is apparent. Some "negatives" are entirely past printing from, and all of them are very slowly printers. A Word as to Price A gentleman living in Watkin's Glen, New York, wrote us that he thought 30 cents each, too high price for the stereoscopic war views, as he could buy views of Watkin's Glen for $1.50 per dozen. We wrote him to this effect. " If there was but one negative of Watkin's Glen itself were entirely wiped off the face of the earth, and if this one negative was old and "dense" and very slow to "print," and if all people of this country were as much interested in a view of Watkin's Glen as they are in seeing to real scenes of our great war, so faithfully reproduced, the, and only under such circumstance, should Watkin's Glen pictures be compared to photographs taken "at the front" during the days of 1861 to 1865 the gentle man "acknowledged the corn," took the war views he wished for, paid the reasonable price asked for them and was satisfied. The above is the only answer we shall ever make to the question of the price. We deem it necessary to say this much, as many persons write and ask us for cheap war views, when we change the price of these war views it will be to double it; they will never be any cheaper than now. They can be obtained only of the undersigned or our duly authorized agents. If you wish for a catalogue of the war views, send a stamp and your address. Yours in F.C. and L., The War Photograph and Exhibition Company
A wide shot of the of the battle field with a wagon full of collected skulls and bones of soldiers on a stretcher in the foreground. A shovel rests on the stretcher at left, and a canteen leans against it at right.
A little more than half a million Americans died in this war. At the time, everyone had known someone who had fought and died in the war. This is an original image made with a wet plate process commonly used during the time with allowed for "negatives" which allowed for duplications which in turn allowed for mass public consumption.
Type
image
Format
Black & White photographic stereograph.
image/jpeg
Extent
18 x 10 cm.
Identifier
918
sckla0044
http://callimachus.org/cdm/ref/collection/p131301coll1/id/152
Language
English
Subject
United States--History--Civil War-1861-1865
War casualties
Union Soldiers
Civil War, Death, Soldiers
Place
No. 21 Linden Place, Hartford, Conn.
Source
Occidental College Library.
Relation
Special Collections. Charles D. Klamm Stereograph Collection. (sckla)

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