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A Soldier's Life

Union soldiers camped near Chatanooga 1864

This photograph, curtesy of the Library of Congress, shows how Western Federal units were outfitted during the latter part of the war. While the 41st had a reputation for being a bit more military in appearance than the average Western unit, this picture gives an idea of what the men may have looked like.

The caption provided by the Library of Congress follows:

Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0677

Forms part of Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress)

Photograph of the War in the West.

These photographs are of the Battle of Chattanooga, September-November 1863. After Rosecrans' debacle at Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863, Bragg's army occupied the mountains that ring about the vital railroad center of Chattanooga. Grant, brought in to save the situation, steadily built up offensive strength, and on November 23-25, burst the blockade in a series of brilliantly executed attacks. The photographs, probably all taken the following year when Chattanooga was the base for Sherman's Atlanta campaign, include scenes on Lookout Mountain, stormed by Hooker on November 24.

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