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Civil War Veterans

Photograph shows a group of Civil War Veterans posed in the middle of a street. The photograph was most likely taken in Winston.

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  1. If any of them are Sgt. James Anderson Woollen, CSA musician, died June 9, 1905, or his father-in-law, Pvt. James Landreth Malcolm, CSA musician, died Nov. 8, 1895, age79; please let me know? Sgt. Woollen and wife Mrs. Susan Caroline Malocolm Woollen, are both in the 1890’s book, “Lee Family of Virginia” by Edmund Jennings Lee. Jim

  2. The photographer’s back was to Fourth Street as he faced North Main Street. Brown’s Warehouse and the county jail can be seen on the right hand side of Main Street. The new City Hall, just a few feet to the photographer’s right, was kept out of the picture. Some of the veterans stood almost up against Brown’s Hardware Store– probably so as not to completely block the street and the City Hall entrance, which also housed the city jail. Would not be surprised at all if Woollen was in the crowd, even though this is a tiny turn out compared to the number from this area who served and were still living at this time. I suppose you have found Woollen’s burial site in Salem Cemetery.

  3. Unfortunately Old Salem does not have any information about the identities of the people in this image. Thank you both for posting your question and providing more information about the residents and streetscape of early Salem and Winston.

  4. Mr. Isenhhour is spot on. Assuming the City Hall was already there, we may place the date of this photograph between 1902 and b1895.

  5. Thank you. I believe City Hall (or Town Hall) was built in 1892, so it would have been there by your calculations. Also, the photograph seems to have the date 1894 written on it, which often indicates the date the photograph was taken.

  6. Quite a few of the pix in this collection have the same style lettering on them. We have learned that all such pictures were taken and correctly dated by Salem photographer Tom Hegeā€¦in fact, we have learned to recognize his “style” in photos that do not bear such inscriptions.

    Using some sort of timer, Tom managed to insert himself into many of his pictures, just as Frank Jones, who was related, often put one of his curious collection of European cars into his news photos.

    If you copy this pic (control-copy image on Mac, right click-copy image in Windows) and paste it into Photoshop or a reasonable facsimile, you can double the size without losing much detail. Then do a “shadows-highlights” at about 80 and increase contrast at about 80 and you can actually see these folks faces. Classic southern Americana.

    Judging from the lapel ribbons, this was some sort of formal Confedrate reunion. Unfortunately, we have poor newspaper microfilm coverage from 1892 through 1900, but sooner or later someone will stumble upon what is going on here.

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