The Museum of the Confederacy located inRichmond, Virginia is home to several antique photographs carried by soldiers who fought in the first American Civil War. Photos lost on the battlefield were often picked up by other soldiers and handed down through families. Over the years, some have made their way to the museum. Unfortunately, the people in the photos have yet to be identified and as time goes on, the chances of ever knowing their names diminishes.
Photo of an unidentified girl found on the battlefield at Port Republic, Virginia lying between the bodies of a Union and Confederate soldier. It was discovered by Confederate Private Thomas W. Timberlake of Company G. 2nd Virgina infantry.
Photo of an unidentified girl found by Private Heartwell Kincaid Adams of the 3rd Virgina Calvary a few days before Appomattox. The photo was inside a knapsack he had taken off the body of a dead Union soldier at High Bridge.
A locket containing the photo of a young child found on a battlefield in 1863 by a soldier in Hampton’s Cavalry Brigade.
The Museum of the Confederacy recently reached out to the public in hopes of identifying the subjects of these photos. If you have any helpful information or wish to learn more about the collection please visit www.acwm.org
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