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Re: Civil War Corps d'Afrique LA
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There are pictures of various USCT [groups and carte de visite] scattered in numerous libraries, museums and archives across the country. Group pictures are reasonably rare. They were not taken as a matter of course during that time. There is a famous one of the Louisiana Native Guard-and periodically you find group pictures. I don't personally know of any for the units you are looking for.
You can try Tulane University, or do a web search for those units, and see if you come up with websites that may have links. Actually almost any photos of the Southern-raised USCT seem pretty hard to find. This may be as simple as access. Regiments and companies raised in northern states were sometimes tourist attractions-like Camp William Penn, where people would go for a Sunday picnic to watch the troops drill or parade. They were also near towns and cities where there were photographers-and had the advantage of being out of the line of battle.
Carte de visite are more common. Some photographers set up portable studios near the larger camps and soldiers had their pictures taken to send home.
To get an idea of what is out there-look at some of the larger on-line collections-like the Library of Congress, Schonberg Collection and others. Sorry I can't give you any great help, or hope of finding what you seek, but if you do-please let others know.
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