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Alice, Frank, Frederick Three young soldiers' orphans, Alice, Frank & Frederick, vignette group portrait

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1027 Author/Creator: Alice, Frank, Frederick Place Written: s.l. Type: Photographs Date: 1865/09/23 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Imprint on recto "Frank, Frederick, Alice." Graphite inscription on verso "B" "W.H.P." Photographers imprint on verso: "The Children of the Battle Field' This is a copy of the Ferrotype found in the hands of Sergeant Humiston of the 154th N.Y. Volunteers as he lay dead on the Battle Field of Gettysburg. The copies are sold in furtherance of the National Sabbath School effort to found in Pennsylvania an Asylum for dependent Orphans of Soldiers; in memorial of our Perpetuated Union. This Picture is private property and cannot be copied without wronging the Soldiers' Orphans for whom it is published. Philadelphia, Sept. 23d 1865. J. Francis Bourns" "Wenderoth, Taylor & Brown 912-914 Chestnut Street Philadelphia."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Battle, Death, Children and Family, Charity and Philanthropy, Photography, Battle of Gettysburg, Education, Women's History

Sub Era: The American Civil War