This slightly damaged tintype is very deceptive in its simplicity.
I believe it was carefully posed during the war to convey the reading of
a letter from the battlefield.
Imagine for a moment these five girls - sisters to a soldier in the field
sitting for their likeness and reading an actual letter they have received
from their soldier brother.
Then this small tintype was mailed to the soldier. Need the feelings of
the soldier when he received it be said?
I think not.
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