Re: Vote For the May Cover of the AC
"If your image is one of the final three, we are requiring that you provide some background information about the inspiration or impression for the image in this thread. "
This image was taken in Mansfield, Louisiana in January 2005 during a winter's quarters living history. The image itself shows the varied low key tasks that go on between drill, eating, and more drill.
While there is no central focus in this photograph, it does show many elements that are present in period static camp photos. One of the elements is the men in and around not acknowledging the photographer and continuing conversation, cooking, etc. One period photograph that comes to mind that elaborates on this point is the photo of the Kentucky State Guard encamped in Louisville during the state fair. Men are lounging around their structures between drill, some are deep in conversation, and some seem to be nearly asleep.
While not 'posed' as are many of the photos that have been submitted to the vote, this photo was taken in the effort to provide the impression that while photography was still relatively new, the luster had worn off with these soldiers and with the travelling photographer's of the day, such as Brady, taking as many photographs as they did and being around the armies everyday many of the soldiers went on with their duties while the snapshot into camp life was taken.
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[HOUSTON] TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, October 28, 1863,
All ladies in Houston and surrounding counties who have cloth on hand, which they can spare, are requested to donate it to the ladies of Crockett for the purpose of making petticoats for the Minute Men of this county, who have "backed out" of the service. We think the petticoat more suitable for them in these times.