Liljenquist family of Virginia which they recently donated to the Library of Congress. A part of the collection is on Flickr and it was there that his face was recognized by a Bryan Watson from Wyoming.
As unlikely as it may seem Mr Watson had bought three photographs of Civil War soldiers from an estate in Florida. One was identified on the back as William Sharpe Barnes, 19 years old (see left). Although time – and the ravages of war – had changed the fresh faced youth it was undeniably the same person.
You can read the rest of this fascinating story here, as Mr Watson unearthed more intriguing information about Captain Barnes and his family.
There you can read how a family connection was made between with Captain Barnes and the lieutenant pictured below.
Library of Congress on Flickr would love to hear from you if you recognize any of the photographs here – and in their photostream.
Brandon Liljenquist’s articulate essay about why the family collected these portraits if you need any more convincing.
US Library of Congress. Below is a slideshow of this superlative collection.
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