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