Black Troops of the Union Army, Philadelphia, early 1864

Description

This recruitment poster shows Union soldiers at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia. By the spring of 1863 a committee of prominent Philadelphians was appointed to raise black regiments, and eleven were formed at Camp William Penn. This lithograph was based on a black and white studio photograph taken in Philadelphia, probably in early 1864; although no publication date is given on the lithograph it was probably done not long after the original photograph was taken. For details on this lithograph, its historical background, and the original photograph on which it is based (including its falsification by neo-Confederates), see the website <a href=http://blackunionsoldiers.org target=_blank>Retouching History: The Modern Falsification of a Civil War Photograph</a>. An identical lithograph, but with a different caption, is held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Source

Colored lithograph, by P.S. Duval & Son (Philadelphia, nd). (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Creator

P.S. Duval & Son

Date Created

1864

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

LCP-66

Spatial Coverage

North America--Pennsylvania

Citation

"Black Troops of the Union Army, Philadelphia, early 1864", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 21, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/798
This recruitment poster shows Union soldiers at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia. By the spring of 1863 a committee of prominent Philadelphians was appointed to raise black regiments, and eleven were formed at Camp William Penn. This lithograph was based on a black and white studio photograph taken in Philadelphia, probably in early 1864; although no publication date is given on the lithograph it was probably done not long after the original photograph was taken. For details on this lithograph, its historical background, and the original photograph on which it is based (including its falsification by neo-Confederates), see the website <a href=http://blackunionsoldiers.org target=_blank>Retouching History: The Modern Falsification of a Civil War Photograph</a>. An identical lithograph, but with a different caption, is held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
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