The Burial Party

A Burial Party, Cold Harbor, Virginia, April 1865
Burial Party, Cold Harbor, Virginia, April 1865

This fabulous photograph appeared in The Guardian as ‘Picture of the Day’ on 

This photograph, taken by John Reekie and printed by Alexander Gardner, shows a burial party dealing with the remains of Union soldiers killed in the June 1864 battles of Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbour. The scale of the casualties meant that bodies lay untouched, decomposing on the ground for 10 months, until the war had ended. The picture is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition: Photography and the American Civil War

Thanks to Antonella for sending me the link. If you see anything that you think is worth of being included on the Skull, please send it in!



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