Original Photo[African American CIVIL WAR]. Photograph of Union Army Civil War soldiers with fled African American "contraband" servers. GARDNER & GIBSON, photographers. Washington, DC: 1862. 3 5/8" x 2 3/4" albumen photograph on 6" x 4 1/2". Cardstock mount. Credit to Gardner & Gibson in lower margin of mount. An outdoor camp scene featuring a group of six soldiers seated at a table, presumably sharing a meal. The soldiers appear to be wearing the navy coats typical of Union soldiers. Two African American men are shown standing near the table, with one holding a large pitcher in his hand. The African American men pictured are probably "contraband", or former slaves that were basically pressed into service by the Union Army to fill support roles, when the region they were from fell into Union hands. Many of these men were originally put to work on Confederate military installations or in labor-intensive jobs supporting the war effort, but their flight to Union lines gave them the opportunity to take up arms against their former masters. Toning and some fading to print; toning, spotting, and areas with small indentations to mount and print, corner and edge wear to mount. In very good condition.