The Face of (Post) War

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.28.56 AMGreetings all,

I found this rather extraordinary image on the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Facebook Page. This is Jacob Miller, a veteran of the 9th Indiana Infantry and member of the Grand Army of the Republic, who was wounded in the face while fighting  in the Brock Field at Chickamauga on September 19, 1863.

His stern countenance reflects his memories of battle: “I have an everyday reminder of it in my wound and constant pain in the head, never free of it while not asleep. The whole scene is imprinted on my brain as with a steel engraving.”

With compliments,

Keith

 

2 thoughts on “The Face of (Post) War”

  1. Great photograph!

    Keith, do you think the National Park Service should restore the Virginia Battle Flag at Chickamauga which formerly denoted the rebel lines or has that time passed?

    1. Hi Prestor. Thanks for the comment. I think Confederate Battle flags have their place in historical and interpretive context. So yes, one flying at a national military park used to denote battle lines would be appropriate – especially if the flag were to include some sort of interpretive plaque explaining its use in the military and as a national symbol.

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