Black Troops of the Union Army, Philadelphia, early 1864

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Colored lithograph, by P.S. Duval & Son (Philadelphia, nd). (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

This recruitment poster shows Union soldiers at Camp William Penn in Philadelphia. By the spring of 1863 a committee of prominent Philadelphians was appointed to raise black regiments, and eleven were formed at Camp William Penn. This lithograph was based on a black and white studio photograph taken in Philadelphia, probably in early 1864; although no publication date is given on the lithograph it was probably done not long after the original photograph was taken. For details on this lithograph, its historical background, and the original photograph on which it is based (including its falsification by neo-Confederates), see the website Retouching History: The Modern Falsification of a Civil War Photograph. An identical lithograph, but with a different caption, is held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.