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The germ of the ‘G. A.R.’ idea: Union reserves on picket duty William W. Silkworth, of Long Branch, New Jersey, a veteran who had an opportunity to inspect some of the pictures reproduced in the Photographic History, recognized this group as Company B, 170th Regiment, New York Volunteers. ‘You cannot appreciate or understand fully my amazement and joy in the discovery,’ he wrote to the editors. ‘There right in the front of the picture sits my brother playing cards (You will note that he is left handed. We laid him away in front of Petersburg). With him is John Vandewater, Geo. Thomas and Wash. Keating. There is Charlie Thomas and all the rest as true as life. With the exception of two, I have not seen any of the boys for thirty years.’ It was at such moments as this, when the Federal soldiers played games and chatted and became

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