Photographing the Gettysburg Battlefield
On the left is a photo from 1913 with my grandmother Hazel Putt Nilson and my grandfather Frank Herman Nilson. The other folks are Bill and Verna Hoover. On the right is a photo from June 2013, of me and my partner Joel at the exact same spot.
From Bill Cole: I am sending a scan of this photo in hopes you can shed some light on it. The photo is of (from left to right) my Grandfather, Paul J. Neff; his aunt, Emma Yount Stumpf; his mother, Sarah Yount Neff; and my Grandmother, Gustava Kellar Neff. Emma and Sarah were daughters of Israel Yount who operated the Washington House on Carlisle St. in 1863. Emma's handkerchief, given her by a Union Officer, is on display at the Visitor's Center.
The picture dates from 1912 or 1913. I can add that Paul J. Neff was a Lutheran Minister as were Emma Yount Stumpf's and Sarah Yount Neff's husbands. Both Emma and Sarah's husbands attended the Seminary in Gettysburg. Interesting that the Seminarians married the tavern keeper's daughters. I guess students have been the same for centuries...
OK now for the question: in the lower left corner are markings, possibly a negative number and the location. Have you any samples of William H Tipton's writing to compare this to? I am wondering if Tipton took this photograph.
Note from me (Bonnie): Just my opinion, but comparing the notation to a couple of other Tipton photos further down the page, I would say it is highly likely.
From David Pietroski:
This is a great example of the postcards that Tipton made for his clients,
From left to right (bottom row):
From left to right (top row):
This photograph was handed down to me by my Grandmother who lived in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia.
My Great Grandfather, Pvt. John William Carlisle, Company "E", 18th Virginia Cavalry, is standing bottom row 4th from the left.
All of the Confederates are identified on the original photo and I further researched their regimental histories. All lived in Clarke County, Virginia and were members of the J.E.B. Stuart United Confederate Veterans Camp in Berryville.
Unfortunately, the GAR men are not identified by name. Does anyone have a clue as to who they were?
I also included a picture of both my wife and me standing in the same spot as my Great Grandfather.
Tom & Liz Dunne
The following is from Carl Lamica (address available by request)
"The attached photo has "Tipton" stamped on the back. Not showing is the printing below the picture that reads: October 16, 1889. Any information about the group's identity ... or any website that may be helpful in any way would be very much appreciated. Sincerely, Carl Lamica"
And my reply:
Regards, David G.
Note from me (Bonnie): I have now renamed the "Chamberlain" photo as 77NY.
There are by my reckoning sixty people in that photo. Thirty six members of the 77th NY, with one regimental sutler in attendance. Nine of the men on the trip were Saratoga County citizens. There were four or five adult women, three children, and there were Nine on that trip from other regiments in the area.
From Robert OBrien: I am attaching a Tipton photo - looks like a couple of veterans with their wives at Devil's Den.
The following is from Rob Watt. Click on the photo below to see it larger.
"This is a photo from my family taken by Tipton. The man on the right is Lincoln G. Shreckengost of Putneyville, PA. I have not identified the others, but some of Lincoln's family served with the 155th PA and his brother with the 103rd."
The following is from Neil E. Danielson. Click on the photo below to see it larger.
"Attached is photo by Tipton that has been in the possession of my family for many, many years.
The following is from Clifton Simes:
"The man in the middle of the photo is my great great grandfather William H. Nycum (1877-1942). He was a doctor from Everett Pennsylvania, west of Gettysburg. I wish I knew who the other two men were in the photo, but that information has been lost unless my grandmother could somehow identify them. Do you have any idea what year the photo may have been taken based on the style?"
"I've also attached another Gettysburg photo, however I am not sure if this is a Tipton photo. This is of the Nycum family from Bedford county. Maybe you could tell me who the picture was by? Perhaps the stamp and the location will provide some clues. This was taken on route 30 next to the John Buford memorial."
The following is from George Dern (email@example.com):
"I would like to attach this scan of the picture of my Grandmother, taken approx. 1893, at Devil's Den. Also, John Close died in 1893 so I assume this was the last picture ever taken of him."
Top left - Carrie Bell Baumgardner Dern, top right - Nora Stambaugh, bottom, John Close and Mary Ann Baumgardner Close.