This Day (In Living Color Edition)

Published:June 29, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1862, Union and Confederate forces fought the Battle of Savage’s Station, one of the Seven Days’ Battles between McClellan and Lee on the outskirts of Richmond. As battles go, it was pretty small, and while the Confederates won, the Army of the Potomac still managed to escape.

IMAGE: Hand-colorized version of photograph of wounded at Savage’s Station, June 29, 1862 (original photograph by James F. Gibson, at Library of Congress)

After the jump, you can see an earlier colorized version of the same photograph:



3 Comments on “This Day (In Living Color Edition)”

  1. Henry Wiencek

    Interesting image of the wounded troops! It seems that the colorizer may have attempted some racial editing. The man seated at center seems to have an African-American face, partly obscured, but a prominent, hand-colored Caucasian arm; the trooper seated on the left, foreground, has an unmistakeably black face and apparently a painted, Caucasian wrist. Was the painter trying to whitewash was the black presence?

  2. Brendan Wolfe Post author

    Hi, Henry. We may not be seeing the same thing, but the “Caucasian wrist” might be a bandage, and the “African-American face” may be the result of a shadow. Either way, there is a kind of impressionistic quality to it that makes it very different from the earlier version. Still, I dig it.

  3. Henry Wiencek

    You may be right about the face being in shadow. It’s hard to tell. The bandage is also tricky to read.

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