Image from page 9 of "The photographic history of the Civil War : thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities" (1911)
Publisher: New York : Review of Reviews Co.
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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JOHN C. BABCOCK A SECRET SERVICE MAN FROM 61 TO G5 PHOTOGRAPHED IN ISlii WITH HIS FLEET HORSE GIMLET Avoid the camera is the rule of the twentieth century secret-service man. But on that sunny day of October, tsii.. the dashingyoung scout was guilty of no impropriety in standing for his portrait: direct half-tone reproductions were yet unknown, photographyitself under the limits of its first pioneer years, and the photographer was Alexander Gardner, himself a trusted secret-service employee.It was correspondence about this very photograph which, forty-eight years later, brought the editors of the Photographic Historyinto touch with Babcock himself. He had enlisted in the Sturges Rifle Corps, of Chicago, but was soon detailed to Met lellans secretservice with Pinkerton. lb- remained after the latter left, did most of the scouting and news gathering under Bnrnside. and eon-tinued in the bureau,as reorganized by Colonel Sharpe, until the end of the war. No small part of his success was d
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