Friday, 13 March 2015

Civil War Photo Friday: Goofing Around for the Camera

War isn't all serious. These two Union soldiers took the time out to fool around for posterity. The guy on the left is holding a Springfield Model 1861 rifled musket and facing off against his friend, who's getting serious with a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver. As was common with these pictures, the subjects had a choice of painted backdrops. They should have picked a bigger one.

I wonder how these guys reacted to real fighting. . .

Image courtesy Library of Congress.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That rifle doesn't even fit in the background.

RMacedo NoVember said...

A very nice pic, in spite of the outscaled backdrop.. :) Cheers!

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