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
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