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Union Army surgeons

(Surgeons of Union Army.) Photographer unidentified. Surgeons of 4th Division, 9th Corps, Broadway Landing, Va.

Broadway Landing, Va, 1864

Albumen print (7 x 9 in.). Minor wear, a tiny repair. A fine print with strong tones. Framed.

In this unusual portrait a group of six surgeons, three seated and three standing, pose in a wood showing the signs of an encampment. Stumps of newly cut trees are in the background, while a rail fence at the right appears to be an enclosure for horses. The Ninth Corps distinguished itself in action in a number of theaters. At the time of this photograph, taken on Broadway Landing on the Appomattox River, it was fighting in the Petersburg campaign during the war’s late stages.

Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Civil War Photographs, 1861-1865. Library of Congress, 1977. No. 373

Provenance: Oldway Gardner Collection (pencil note on verso).