Portrait of Louis H. Bond ca. 1898
Louis Bond wore his full dress uniform for this studio portrait taken in Janesville, Wisconsin. He served with the Wisconsin National Guard during the Spanish-American War under the command of Horace Seaman.
via: Horace Seaman Wisconsin Infantry Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Portrait of Joseph Gussert, 1918
Joseph Gussert of Wrightstown, Wisconsin was drafted into the US Army during World War I. For this portrait photograph, a studio photographer posed him in front of a painted backdrop depicting a tank and an American flag.
via: Brown County War History Committee by way of Neville Public Museum of Brown County
Tintype portraits of Chauncy Chapman and Antle Henry, Waterford
During the Civil War, new and affordable photography processes such as the tintype made it possible for thousands of enlisted men to provide photographic mementoes for their loved ones.
Chauncy Chapman (left) and Antle Henry (right) of Waterford, Wisconsin were both around 19 years old when they enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. A year later, Henry was captured and spent seven months in a Confederate prison:
“He holds a record for bravery and suffering quietly endured during the Civil War that it would be hard to equal … He was in the first Battle of Bull Run … reported dead and his family mourned him as lost when they learned that he had been picked up from the battlefield and taken to Libby prison [Richmond, Virginia].”
see more: Library of Congress online exhibition—The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection