Results of Severe Whipping, 1863

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Image Reference

Harper's Weekly, July 4, 1863, p. 429. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "Gordon under medical inspection". Shows the scars resulting from severe lashings; this slave was able to escape his master and get across Union lines during the civil war. This image is discussed in Kathleen Collins, "The Scourged Back," History of Photography, vol. 9 (1985), pp. 43-45; and Louis P. Masur, " 'Pictures have now become a necessity', the use of images in American history textbooks," The Journal of American History, vol. 84 (1998), pp. 1416-1419.