Scouts for the Army of the Potomac | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Scouts for the Army of the Potomac

Scouts for the Army of the Potomac | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Scouts and guides in the Army of the Potomac. The individuals in the group were attached to the secret-service department of the Army of the Potomac when it was directed by Allen Pinkerton. Many of these men who were gathered for service on the Peninsula were known as Pamunket Indians, relics of a small Virginia tribe. They were very loyal to the Union, and their services were invaluable to McClellan during the spring and summer of 1862. After Pinkerton left the army, the whole secret-service department was reorganized by Colonel Sharpe, and he drew more largely from the ranks for the composition of his force.  Whenever these men were captured they were hanged as spies.
DESCRIPTION
Scouts and guides in the Army of the Potomac. The individuals in the group were attached to the secret-service department of the Army of the Potomac when it was directed by Allen Pinkerton. Many of these men who were gathered for service on the Peninsula were known as Pamunket Indians, relics of a small Virginia tribe. They were very loyal to the Union, and their services were invaluable to McClellan during the spring and summer of 1862. After Pinkerton left the army, the whole secret-service department was reorganized by Colonel Sharpe, and he drew more largely from the ranks for the composition of his force. Whenever these men were captured they were hanged as spies.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:33615
Creation Date: 1864
Creator Name:Unknown
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Collection Name:Album 13 (The Civil War--Portraits, Military Camps, Military Training)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 3-1990
Original Dimensions:14 x 10 inches
SUBJECTS
Trees
Military uniforms
Civil War, 1861-1865
Men
Outdoor photography
Clothing and dress
Hats
Portraits, Group

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