By JARRETT A. LOBELL
Through the Civil Warfare, troopers have been in a position to ship photos of themselves house for the primary time in historical past. Due to this fact, it was not shocking to search out that images have been being taken at Camp Nelson. Previous to his latest excavations, Camp Nelson Nationwide Monument archaeologist Stephen McBride had discovered documentary proof of a minimum of 4 photographers working on the camp. One was G.W. Foster, who was contracted by the military and took pictures to ship with navy reviews to indicate how orderly the camp was.
The newly found picture studio has added Cassius Jones (“C.J.”) Younger, the son of a Lexington portrait painter, to the checklist of Camp Nelson’s photographers. “The truth that now we have so many photographers working on the camp actually speaks to the prevalence and recognition of images within the Civil Warfare,” McBride says. McBride recognized Younger’s studio primarily based on the brass stencils that he used to signal his work, most of which contained some type of error and have been seemingly discarded observe plates. His crew additionally discovered brass sheets used to make stencils for troopers’ pictures, which have been marked with their title, unit, and firm, in addition to mats, glass plates, and chemical substances for the growing course of.
It was, in fact, not solely troopers whose photos have been taken through the 1860s. “One of the photographed folks of the period was Frederick Douglass,” says McBride. “Douglass wrote a number of articles on images and referred to as the period the ‘Age of Footage.’ He thought that images was an necessary social improvement as a result of solely folks, not animals, might admire images. Troopers and not too long ago emancipated males have been People, they usually wished to doc their new standing and to share it. A photograph meant you have been an individual, and thus that African People have been folks, too.”