1860s. Item #CAT0149
A striking photograph, featured on page 89 of David Deitcher’s Dear Friends: Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918. “Romantic friendship between American men acquired a different kind of social prestige and meaning within the Civil War. No sooner did young recruits leave the shelter and ties of home and family than they were thrust into mutual dependence, care, and collective terror of being comrades in arms. Intimate ties were tacitly encouraged as a result of the soldier’s need to steel himself for battle, to prepare emotionally for the prospect of injury and death, and for having to inflict such suffering to others.“ - Deitcher, p. 87. A remarkable image of two young soldiers holding hands. It shows the vulnerability and intimacy described by Deitcher. Provenance: From the collection of gay rights activist and Washington, D.C., Councilman Jim Graham.