ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of a wounded Civil War veteran], Anson
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Carte de visites

ca. 1860-80’s, [carte de visite portrait of a wounded Civil War veteran], Anson

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Carte de visites

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of three young Federal soldier amputees all using hospital issue crutches. The boy at left wears a round metal identification disk pinned to his blouse], W. Snell
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of three young Federal soldier amputees all using hospital issue crutches. The boy at left wears a round metal identification disk pinned to his blouse], W. Snell

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of Francis Jefferson Coates]





Coates enlisted on August 29, 1861, and served as a Corporal and Sergeant in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H. He was wounded at South Mountain (September 14, 1862) and lost both eyes at Gettysburg in 1863. He was awarded the rank of Brevet Captain and the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on September 1, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.





via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Small Formats Special Storage Lot

ca. 1870, [tintype portrait of Francis Jefferson Coates]

Coates enlisted on August 29, 1861, and served as a Corporal and Sergeant in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, Company H. He was wounded at South Mountain (September 14, 1862) and lost both eyes at Gettysburg in 1863. He was awarded the rank of Brevet Captain and the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He was mustered out on September 1, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.

via the Wisconsin Historical Society, Small Formats Special Storage Lot

ca. 1885, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with a leg brace and crutches], J. M. Hosking
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1885, [cabinet card, portrait of a gentleman with a leg brace and crutches], J. M. Hosking

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one with crutches and a bandaged leg]
via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1860-90, [tintype portrait of two gentlemen, one with crutches and a bandaged leg]

via Jeffrey Kraus, Antique Photographics

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, who appears to be missing right eye, with his child]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman, who appears to be missing right eye, with his child]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1859, [ambrotype portrait of George F. Baker Sr. with a top hat and crutches]
via Harvard Business School, Baker Library Historical Collections

ca. 1859, [ambrotype portrait of George F. Baker Sr. with a top hat and crutches]

via Harvard Business School, Baker Library Historical Collections

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of Capt. Irving F. Wilcox, 1st Michigan and Veteran Reserve Corps, post injury], Matthew Brady 

Flowing ink inscription on verso reads, “Yours Truly/I F Wilcox/14th Regt. VRC.” Wilcox enlisted in the 1st Michigan as Company A. First Sergeant in July 1861 and was present at Gaines Mill where he was wounded. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant Wilcox fought at 2nd Bull Run where he lost his left eye. The young officer convalesced and became Adjutant of the 1st Michigan before joining the Veteran Reserve Corps in September 1863 rising to the rank of Captain when this photograph was taken. Notice the scars from the August 1862 wound as well as the replacement glass eye.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of Capt. Irving F. Wilcox, 1st Michigan and Veteran Reserve Corps, post injury], Matthew Brady

Flowing ink inscription on verso reads, “Yours Truly/I F Wilcox/14th Regt. VRC.” Wilcox enlisted in the 1st Michigan as Company A. First Sergeant in July 1861 and was present at Gaines Mill where he was wounded. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant Wilcox fought at 2nd Bull Run where he lost his left eye. The young officer convalesced and became Adjutant of the 1st Michigan before joining the Veteran Reserve Corps in September 1863 rising to the rank of Captain when this photograph was taken. Notice the scars from the August 1862 wound as well as the replacement glass eye.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1874, [portrait of a gentleman who underwent a shoulder amputation], James Robinson, D.D.S.
via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

ca. 1874, [portrait of a gentleman who underwent a shoulder amputation], James Robinson, D.D.S.

via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

ca. 1861-65, [albumen portrait of wounded soldiers at Fredericksburg], Timothy O’Sullivan
via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1861-65, [albumen portrait of wounded soldiers at Fredericksburg], Timothy O’Sullivan

via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

ca. 1864, “Lt. Charles W. Hobbes, 7th New York Artillery, wounded during the Civil  War at Cold Harbor, VA, June 3 1864”
via the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives on Flickr

ca. 1864, “Lt. Charles W. Hobbes, 7th New York Artillery, wounded during the Civil War at Cold Harbor, VA, June 3 1864”

via the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives on Flickr

ca. 1860-1880, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation]
via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

ca. 1860-1880, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation]

via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

ca. 1865, “No. 333, Distortion of Left Lower Extremity After Gunshot Injury”
via the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections

ca. 1865, “No. 333, Distortion of Left Lower Extremity After Gunshot Injury”

via the Museum of Photographic Arts Collections

ca. 1865-70, [Pvt. Samuel H. Decker, Company I, 4th US artillery]
Civil War veteran Samuel Decker designed and built his own prosthetics after loosing his limbs in combat. With them he could eat and  write with relative ease. Decker was made Doorkeeper of the U.S. house  of Representatives after recovering from his injury. 
via the Otis Historical Archives at National Museum of Health & Medicine on Flickr

ca. 1865-70, [Pvt. Samuel H. Decker, Company I, 4th US artillery]

Civil War veteran Samuel Decker designed and built his own prosthetics after loosing his limbs in combat. With them he could eat and write with relative ease. Decker was made Doorkeeper of the U.S. house of Representatives after recovering from his injury.

via the Otis Historical Archives at National Museum of Health & Medicine on Flickr

ca. 1861-1872, [Gentleman stands with right arm in brace and harness, Civil War Injury], United States Sanitary Commission, H. Hirschinger
via the New York Public Library, Civil War Medical Care Collection

ca. 1861-1872, [Gentleman stands with right arm in brace and harness, Civil War Injury], United States Sanitary Commission, H. Hirschinger

via the New York Public Library, Civil War Medical Care Collection

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