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

Scanned by
Joseph Williams, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College
Scan date
Notes
Sized, cropped, and adjusted for use here by John Osborne, Dickinson College, August 11, 2013.
Depicted ContentCivil War Soldiering
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. 
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