John Augustus Small 1864.

During the time of the American Civil War this great photo of John Augustus Small was taken whilst he was enrolled in the American union army  in the year 1864. He is the maternal great grandfather of my client and as such I was asked if I could restore the photo of for him. The result is shown here, and for your interest the snippet of this soldiers remarkable history is further down the page should you wish to read it.
As for the photo restoration, I cleaned up all the scratches, creases, gave him a new goatee and of course added a new frame which was copied from the  Library of Congress website. Great result which has earned me more work from this client.

Quote from client. John Augustus Small. His home town was Portland, Maine, from 1847–1898.  He followed his father and his uncle as a volunteer in a Maine Infantry Regiment in that very awful American Civil War. He was but 16 when he entered, and I believe he was successful in dodging all the heavy lead Minie bullets flung at him from the Confederate defence forces.  I must research further for the details but it seems that John was in that horrible scorched earth campaign remembered as Sherman’s March to the Sea”.
The March to the Sea, the most destructive campaign against a civilian population during the Civil War (1861-65), began in Atlanta on November 15, 1864, and concluded in Savannah on December 21, 1864. Union general William T. Sherman abandoned his supply line and marched across Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean to prove to the Confederate population that its government could not protect the people from invaders. He practiced psychological warfare; he believed that by marching an army across the state he would demonstrate to the world that the Union had a power the Confederacy could not resist. “This may not be war,” he said, “but rather statesmanship.”
John came back from that war to Portland and with his father resumed their trade in the family butcher shop.  Life came to him as a very sad end as he succumbed to a disorder that they called “Bright’s Disease.” Wikipedia mentions that it is known in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis. My grandmother related the agony of his final days when he could not pass urine and at that time it seems that they had no catheters to give relief.  Said she, “the only relief the doctor could recommend was to sweat him.” One can only imagine how the one insufferable condition was amplified by being wrapped in heavy blankets and with heated bricks placed along side him under the covers to promote the maximum perspiration.  He must have welcomed death at last.

Places for reference:
Civil War Trust – Saving America’s Civil War Battlefields.
American Civil War – Many references.
Library of Congress – US Government records.
Civil War Faces – Flickr LoC photos.