In my last post I bragged on my godson Brendan, and mentioned that his dad Kevin and I became friends during our American Civil War reenacting days. I found this image today in my papers. Kevin and I had this tintype taken at a reenactment sometime around 2000. I'm the bear die standing on the right. I recall getting a lot of stick from my relatives when I showed up for a reunion in this facial hair and they thought I had gone all Grizzly Adams.
The interesting thing about a tintype is that it takes forever (well, at least a minute or two) for the exposure to take, which explains why you don't see many period pictures of Cviil War chaps laughing and grinning. I suspect for most of them, who might have had one or two images taken in their lives, it was a serious business getting one's image taken.
If you're good, I may post a picture of a Civil War chaplain gorging himself on pie.