Here's a puzzle for all of you who read "Beyond All Price." David Welch, my tireless researcher for all things having to do with the Roundhead Regiment, has turned up more pictures that might be Nellie M. Chase. We'd like to know what you think.
This is a confirmed picture of Nellie, taken in Spring, 1862, in Beaufort, SC.
And this is a picture of an unidentified nurse who worked in the same Nashville hospital as Nellie did in 1863. The picture was definitely taken in 1863. Compare this image with the one aabove. Is this the same woman?
We know a couple of things about Nellie.
(1) Between 1862 and 1863, she suffered a serious illness, which undoubtedly caused some weight loss.
(2) In 1863, she had a picture taken by a famous photographer named Gutekunst in Philadelphia. That carte de visite has never been found or identified.
Here are two unidentified pictures David has found on Ebay, both taken by Gutekunst, in the right time frame.
Which one looks more like your idea of Nellie? Or are they all pictures of the same woman? We'd really like your feedback.
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