Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Union Infantry Soldier Wearing Light-Colored Overcoat with Short Cape]

Unknown (American)
Credit Line:
Collection of Philip and Jennifer Maritz
Not on view
In this harrowing sixth-plate ambrotype, a Union infantry soldier wearing a light-colored overcoat and short cape crosses his arms and gives a look to the camera that is filled with pain and emptiness. It recalls a frequently cited passage from Walt Whitman’s collection of wartime essays, Specimen Days: “Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background of countless minor scenes and interiors, (not the official surface-courteousness of the Generals, not the few great battles) of the Secession war; and it is best they should not—the real war will never get in the books.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.

Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.