Original Photo[Civil War] Hand-colored albumen photograph of a vivandiere. This is a scarce large image in an antique oval frame measuring 11.5 x 13.5 inches. Studio portrait of a young lady wearing a red, white, and blue vivandiere's costume with patriotic crown, one hand holding an American flag. Vivandiere were woman who wore uniforms similar to that of the regiment in which they served, and they displayed great courage by giving immediate medical assistance to the wounded in the midst of battle or worked n canteens. When the Civil War began in 1861, hundreds of American women were ready to brave those same conditions for the Union Army. Uniforms of vivandieres in the American Civil War varied from regiment to regiment. All had in common a knee-length skirt worn over full trousers, a tunic or jacket, They served on both sides of the Civil War. This image of the vivandier and the flag she is holding has been colored with red white and blue, the Union colors, The flag has the word Columbia, indicating that this girl may have been a part of the a regiment from the District of Columbia, such as the 1st Cavalry or the 2nd Infantry. Some surface abrasions near top edge. Short edge tear to one side does not affect image. Unexamined out of frame. Back of frame loose. Overall very good condition and very rare in this size.