16 March 2012
The Washington Post -- This West Virginia soldier who fought in the Civil War was unidentified until recently when a family member spotted him in a Library of Congress advertisement.
I caught this article in my local newspaper and it just reinforces for me the great value of getting photographic images “out there” and in front of people whenever possible. You never know who might be able to “identify” someone!
“The old photograph shows a young Confederate soldier posing proudly in an elegant uniform, with a pistol in his belt and a saber in his hand.
It is a well-known 1860s ambrotype worth thousands of dollars, and experts have identified the style of his buckle, the make of his revolver and the cavalry outfit in which he served.
But scholars at the Library of Congress, which was given the photo last year, had no idea who he was. Like scores of forgotten Civil War portraits, his was listed as "unidentified." Until this week.
Last Sunday, Karen Thatcher of
, opened a Washington Post Civil War history supplement. She spotted the picture in a Library of Congress advertisement, and realized: "That's Uncle Dave!" ...” Martinsburg, W.Va.
Read the full article.
Have you helped identify or has someone helped you identify individuals or groups in photos? Please share your stories about such with us!
copyright © National Ge
nealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from
NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org. All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with
NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to UpfrontNGS@mosaicrpm.com