Re: Colorized Pictures from Civil War
This may sound odd since I don't claim to be a military history expert, but for some reason I have this idea that soldiers back in those days...especially leaders like generals, lieutenants, colonels, etc were older guys. Like in their late 30's and 40's at least. Don't know why.
To see a guy in the 4th photo down (James Childs) labeled a colonel and mention his death in the Civil War...and to be so young, 28 years old, at death...kind of like "wow."
Maybe I am not aware of the age structure of our current military...but would most of the superiors/leaders be of the <30 age range as well?
Also, is it just because of history taking it's toll on generation after generation...but are military leaders these days not as known or pointed out? So many of Civil War/World War era are known by name and mentioned in the history books.
Maybe it is because of the type of battle faught now vs then? The leaders were actually INVOLVED in the war and were somewhere in the vicinity of the battlegrounds versus the style of battle used today? Or is it because there are MANY more leaders (colonols, commanders, lieutenants, etc) today and essentially the responsibility and ability to become "known or notorious" has been diluted?
Sorry if I sound a tad clueless or derailing this thread...those photos are awesome (I see these on Reddit a good bit) and that one photo just made me think.