South Mountain by Rick Reeve

South Mountain by Rick Reeve
South Mountain by Rick Reeve depicting the wounding of General Garland

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Civil War Photos at the Library of Congress

Just a few days ago I recieved an email from a friend saying that there is a new civil war photo collection at the Library of Congress. I have looked at them and they are just amazing. It is the Liljenquist Family collection that has just been acquired by the library and there are over 700 photos of soldiers in it, including African Americans who enlisted in the Union Army. Currently there are about 380 up on the site right now. I just thought I'd share this lil tid bit with you. There are few photos of men who fought at South Mountain. Here is a link:

Here is an example from the collection. The soldier here is Lieutenant Horatio David. He enlisted as a private in Company B, 16th Georgia Infantry on July 17, 1861. At the Battle of South Mountain, he hold the rank of corporal fighting with the 16th in Howell Cobb's brigade at Crampton's Gap. He would be elected as the Jr. Second Lieutenant of the 16th in March of 1863 and would be wounded a couple months later at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. He would be wounded again, this time in the eye, on August 16, 1864 at Deep Bottom, Virginia resulting in loss of his eyesight. He would retire because of his wounds in February 1865. He would be captured and paroled on May 8th, 1865 at Athens, Georgia. He was born on December 4, 1842.

Information courtesy of A muster roll of Company B, 16th Georgia compiled by Virginia Crilley for the USGenWeb project.

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