ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a black gentleman in a Confederate jacket]

"Enslaved [black] Americans were often conscripted into service to work on construction projects, and free blacks were sometimes impressed into the same service. Officer’s slaves sometimes accompanied their masters into the field — we believe this image to be representative of such an individual…"

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ca. 1860’s, [ambrotype portrait of a black gentleman in a Confederate jacket]

"Enslaved [black] Americans were often conscripted into service to work on construction projects, and free blacks were sometimes impressed into the same service. Officer’s slaves sometimes accompanied their masters into the field — we believe this image to be representative of such an individual…"

via Cowan’s Auctions