Group of Confederate Prisoners by Timothy O’Sullivan

The photograph titled “Group of Confederate Prisoners” was taken by the artist Timothy O’Sullivan at Fairfax Court-House, Virginia. This image captures a scene from the American Civil War, specifically a group of Confederate soldiers who appear to be taken as prisoners of war.

The photograph is black and white, conveying the historical period of its origin. It shows a sizeable group of men lined up outdoors in an expansive field. The men are standing closely together, many wearing what seems to be military uniforms, typical of the Civil War era, with hats that suggest military attire too. The environment around them appears rural, with open fields and a few sparse trees in the background under what looks to be a cloudy sky. The focus and resolution are indicative of the photographic technology available at the time, capturing the solemn reality of the wartime experience.

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