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Prisons and Hospitals

  A Closer View of the Confederate Prisoners at Belle Plain (2004 material)

 

The narrative for the image says, "The bed of the little stream is now visible with the group of soldiers lounging its banks."

If a line is traced along where the "soldiers" are lounging and along the visible stream bed, it appears that along at least part of the stream the men are on both sides of it facing each other.  I would propose here also that the activity that they are involved in is laundering their small amount of clothing.  It as likely that this is a small detail of prisoners and some of the men, such as the group of three standing near the center of these close-ups , are guards.

In another, closer view, though blurred, the shape of the hats, and the style of clothing can somewhat be distinguished.  By this time in the war, the majority of Union troops are in the standard blue uniforms, not obvious in this image.

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This online edition of The Photographic History of the Civil War includes improved images using digital images from the Library of Congress, when available. It also includes additional images that are either cropped from the Library of Congress digital images or are related to the specific topic being discussed in the article or page.

Volume 7 of the History is the first volume I'm publishing online simply because it was the one I was interested in when I decided to publish.

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