Soldier from Gaines included in Civil War photo by Mathew Brady
By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian
The noted Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady, took this picture at Camp Cameron in Washington, D.C. during 1861.
The men are identified from left as Pt. Samuel Sherman, F.E.T. Cotter, William H. Gibson, Captain William H. Smith, Pt. R.P. Gibson and William H. Lent.
Captain Smith of the 151st Infantry was a volunteer from Gaines.
In this tent scene we note a sign on the tent which states, in part: “Crow’s Nest!”
A cook stove with stove pipe shows to the left rear of the picture.