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Photographer Takes Portraits Using 150-Year-old Process

During the American Civil War, a number of soldiers had their portraits taken on the battlefield. The images, recorded on glass negatives called wet plates, provide an enduring record of the men who fought in the war between the northern Union and southern Confederate states. Since each wet plate needed a 5 to 20 second exposure, there are no action photos of the war.  Today, reenactments on the battlefields keep Civil War history alive. They date back to the time when veterans of...

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