Original Author: Unknown
Created: Between 1863 and 1865
Medium: Hand-colored, ninth-plate tintype

Unidentified Black Sailor During the Civil War

An unidentified Black sailor dressed in his U.S. Navy uniform rests one arm on a table in this Civil War-era tintype. The elaborate two-tiered frame includes an inner portion decorated with American flags at the top and a war drum and cannon at the bottom. A motto beneath the image reads: "The Union Now And Forever." This image is part of the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

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