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Carte View of Federal Officers Relaxing Outside of Petersburg

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Fantastic carte view of Federal officers enjoying some refreshments outside of Petersburg. The men sit around a table with a number of bottles of alcohol resting on it’s top and 3 glasses which are each half full. A pipe can also be seen laying on the table. Two of the men are relaxed in their chairs with their feet kicked up on a makeshift foot stool. A colored servant stands next to the table appearing to be in the process of popping the cork on another bottle of booze. As if the three bottles already on the table aren’t enough. Siege work can be boring work apparently. Obviously these men were enjoying a much better time than their counterparts within the city. An old pencil inscription on the reverse identifies the scene “Taken behind yankee lines (1864) at Petersburg, VA”. This one is by Brady. Pretty neat view.

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