Posted By Norman Gasbarro on November 21, 2011
In the files of the Gratz Historical Society are a number of unidentified or partially identified photos, some of which pertain to the Civil War. The photo shown above has the following caption: “At Gettysburg, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Umholtz, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Strayer, & Guide.” The photo appears to have been taken in front of one of the many statues or monuments on the battlefield. There is no date on the photo, but it appears to be typical of the type of photo that would have been taken around 1910. Unfortunately, the Gratz Historical Society only has a photocopy of the original picture. There is no indication where the original can be located, if it still can be located.
Henry Umholtz and Harry Strayer would not have served in the Civil War, and they are probably visiting the battlefield. The guide could be any one of the three men and the other two men are Henry and Harry, but which one is which? The women are also only identified as “Mrs.” and may or not be standing next to their husbands. One good analysis is that the guide is the one lying on the ground with the straw hat and may be a student as he appears to be younger than the couples who are standing.
The white printing is hard to decipher and could be something placed there by the photographer to identify the negative rather than a description of the picture.
By clicking on the picture, it will enlarge.
Readers are invited to contribute their thoughts. Perhaps someone can explain why the picture was taken at this particular monument. It could be possible that Civil War ancestors of Henry, Harry, or their wives fought at this very point on the battlefield.