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Peg-Leg Veteran

At first glance, this carte de visite of a young man dressed in civilian clothes doens't look like anything special. It easily could be just one more of the several hundred thousand other common photos taken in the early to mid 1860s. In fact, I found it many years ago in a box of common CDVs for sale by a dealer who specialized in Civil War and unique photos and bought it for $1. A second look, however, told me this was no ordinary portrait. The gentleman sports the unmistakable stump of a wooden leg at the bottom of his trouser leg. Given the man's prime military age, and the early 1860s time period of the photo, I have no doubt that he was a wounded veteran of the Civil War who was discharged because of his injury.

 

Photo by A. A. Barnes, Indianapolis, Indiana

circa 1862

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Taken circa 1862