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"'Bummers"," Edwin Forbes, copper plate etching, 1876, detail

Scanned by: 
Joseph Williams, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College
Scan date: 
07/16/2013
Notes: 
Sized, cropped, and adjusted for use here by John Osborne, Dickinson College, August 11, 2013.
Image type: 
engraving
Original caption: 
"There're 'Johnnies,' boys, as sure as you're born." A group of bummers on horse and muleback, huddled in the road, anxiously watching a body of men who have just appeared at a turn in the road.
Source citation: 
Edwin Forbes, Life Studies of the Great Army, A Historical Work of Art in Copper-Plate Etching ...(New York: Edwin Forbes, 1876), plate 39.
Source note: 
Cropped from the larger image, also available here.
Privately published. The complete set of forty plates sold for $50.00 in 1876.
"Bummer" was the nickname for Union foraging troops during the federal advance through the South during 1863 and 1864. 
How to Cite This Page: ""'Bummers"," Edwin Forbes, copper plate etching, 1876, detail," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/40843.