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GG Grandson of Pvt. Willis Shattuck (1842-1912), Co. F, 16th NY Vol Inf and Co. K, 73rd Ohio Vol Inf
"Dig Johnnies! We're coming for you!"
Six foot seven inch tall Union Brigade Commander Newton Martin Curtis as he tossed a handful of shovels over the traverse at Fort Fisher. The shovels had been sent from the rear with the suggestion of entrenching for a siege.
At the risk of veering too far off the OP's question...I see these images of corpulent soldiers and I wonder how they were really viewed (or judged) within the 19th century context. In other more primitive cultures, being a person of greater girth was a sign of affluence and something to be admired. I remember not too long ago within my memory, a decidedly fat baby was considered a "healthy" baby. Today we look at these images and we see remarkably fat or even obese individuals, but I wonder if their fellow pards simply thought of them as strapping, robust, well-fed fellows.
Found one source.
Portsmouth Rifles, Company G, 9th Va. Inf.
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