Photograph album of groups of Civil War veterans at battlefield sites, and related images photCL 305

Suzanne Oatey
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
Title: Photograph album of groups of Civil War veterans at battlefield sites, and related images
Identifier/Call Number: photCL 305
Physical Description: 1 Volume (29 photographs)
Date (inclusive): 1862-1880s (bulk 1880s)
Abstract: An album of group portraits of Civil War veterans, chiefly at Gettysburg, 1880s. Also, two photographs of incidents of war by Mathew Brady, 1862.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

photCL 305, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Gertrude M. Nicholson, through the agency of Robert O. Schad, September 1922.

Custodial History

This album was received as part of the Nicholson collection of papers, manuscripts and books related to the Civil War.

Scope and Contents

An album of photographs of groups of people gathered for reunions and commemorations of the Civil War, chiefly in the 1880s. The album contains albumen prints, 7 x 9 inches, mounted on board, with no handwriting or identifications, though many are at Gettysburg. Some groups are posed at battlefield monuments that reveal locations, such as one at Little Round Top, and another of five veterans posed with historian John B. Bachelder at the 29th Ohio Infantry Monument, Gettysburg. Men are often wearing badges or ribbons with a star, and sometimes military hats. A few women also appear in the groups. Two photographs depict crowds gathered to hear a speaker on a platform, and another shows a group standing in front of a tree posted with a sign reading "Here is where Gen. Reynolds was killed, July 1, 1863." Identified photographers are: P. S. Weaver (view of a group on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg), W. H. Tipton, Rile, and Rile & Kerns. Two mounted photographs by Mathew Brady, 1862, were laid in the album: "No. 207. Soldiers' Graves at Bull Run" and "No. 237. Ruins at Manassas." The Brady images and two others loose from the album are housed in Box 2.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library staff circa mid-20th century. In 2021, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid.


Former call number: 120792


Title supplied by cataloger. Binder's title on spine: "Photographs. Groups."

Related Materials

John Page Nicholson papers and Civil War collection, mssNI 1-990. Additional volumes of photographs from the Nicholson collection: photCL 302, photCL 303, photCL 304, photCL 306, photCL 307, photCL 308, photCL 309.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Monuments
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Battlefields
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans
Veterans -- United States -- History -- 19th century
War memorials
Photograph albums
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
Bachelder, John B. (John Badger), 1825-1894
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896
Nicholson, John P. (John Page), 1842-
Reynolds, John Fulton, 1820-1863 -- Death and burial
Tipton, William H., 1850-1929

Box 1

Photograph album

Box 2

Loose photographs

Scope and Contents

Image numbers: 6, 7, 22, 29. Two photographs by Mathew Brady, 1862.