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Gallery of African American Soldiers

African American Soldier

In this hand-colored tintype, an unidentified African American soldier wears a Union uniform and holds a revolver in one hand and a musket in the other. The soldier stands in front of a painted backdrop that features cannons, ammunition, and the American flag. This portrait was made by Enoch Long, who photographed at Benton Barracks in Saint Louis, Missouri. The image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War photographs at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Enoch Long

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored quarter-plate tintype

Courtesy of Library of Congress

African American in Cavalry Uniform

An unidentified African American soldier poses in a Union cavalry uniform with a cavalry saber. Chevrons indicating the rank of sergeant are hand-painted on his sleeves. This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored ninth-plate ambrotype

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Sergeant Tom Strawn

In this hand-colored tintype, Sergeant Tom Strawn of Company B, 3rd United States Colored Troops, poses with a revolver in front of a painted backdrop. This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored quarter-plate tintype

Courtesy of Library of Congress

African American Soldiers

In this hand-colored tintype, an unidentified African American soldier stands at attention in a Union uniform, a musket at his side. At right, the partial figure of another black soldier is visible. This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored sixth-plate tintype

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

African American Soldier

In this hand-colored tintype, an unidentified young African American soldier poses in a Union uniform. This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored ninth-plate tintype

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Unidentified African American Soldier

In this hand-colored tintype, an unidentified African American soldier poses in a Union uniform. His forage cap bears the insignia of Company B, 103rd Regiment, indicating he was either a member of the United States Colored Infantry or associated with the United States Volunteers Service. This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between 1863 and 1865

Medium: Hand-colored quarter-plate tintype

Courtesy of Library of Congress

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