Carte de visite

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 2000PH03.p8

Carte de visite, c. 1863

2 1/2" x 3 3/4"

This is a photograph of a Union officer. The type of photo is called a carte de visite. Carte de visite is French for "visiting card." During the Civil War, soldiers would trade these cards with each other. They would also send copies home to families and sweethearts. Many soldiers also carried photos of their children, spouses, or other loved ones.