This albumen print was taken in the Civil War era, found trimmed in the oval for placement in a cadet’s year book.
This albumen print of the cadet barracks at West Point, was taken in the Civil War era, part of a grouping of images of the USMA and cadets who graduated during the war. These prints, like this one, were placed within a cadet’s year book. The cadet in this era choose the images I wished to have, like professors, officer/instructors, views of West Point, and his class mates, etc. This image of the cadet barracks was cut oval in the period, but never tipped in the book.
Standing in front of the passage way is “Old Bentz” blowing his bugle, something he did at West Point for a many years. Louis Bentz was a German by birth in 1806 and died at the age of 71 (72), in 1876. He was chief bugler at the Point for over 40 years. He was buried in the post cemetery at West Point.
Condition is fine.