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[Portrait of Dr. William Gibbs McNeill Whistler in his uniform as surgeon in the Confederate Army]

[Portrait of Dr. William Gibbs McNeill Whistler in his uniform as surgeon in the Confederate Army]

 
 
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Forms part of: Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana.

There are not many details distinguishing the Confederates from the Union soldiers in many of portrait photographs - they really were from the same country, the same culture. One of the differences that you do find is the less uniform appearance of Confederates: they are much less standard, often wearing bits and pieces of cast-off Union Army uniforms and often, even weaponry. One thing that’s specific to the Confederates is huge Bowie knives, humorously called ‘Arkansas toothpicks,’ often made by local blacksmiths.

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01/01/1861
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Gray, William E., photographer
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