Staying warm

ca. 1861-1865

The three Confederate soldiers huddled around a fire in this photograph were stationed on picket duty. Units on both sides stationed a picket guard, consisting of a lieutenant, 2 sergeants, 4 corporals, and 40 privates in advance of each regiment. The picket provided security and advance warning of enemy movement, especially an attack.

National Archives, Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer


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