Officers, 71st Regiment, New York Infantry

Mathew Brady1861

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Standing either with thumbs tucked into belts, arms folded across chests, or a hand shoved in the chest of a coat, these Union officers posed for Mathew Brady's camera in the Washington Navy Yard. Across the image's foreground, shadows from a cast-iron fence create a fanciful pattern. President Lincoln had called these volunteers from the New York Infantry into service in June 1861. At the time, many people thought that the conflict between North and South would soon be over, but in fact the Civil War had barely begun and would last until the middle of 1865.

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  • Title: Officers, 71st Regiment, New York Infantry
  • Creator: Mathew B. Brady
  • Date: 1861
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.9 x 37.1 cm (11 x 14 5/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XM.479.35
  • Inscription: Inscription: Printed recto mount "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861, by M.B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia/Brady's Incidents of the War/(71st Regt. N.Y.S.T.)/Navy Yard, Washington, D.C."
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs