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Petersburg, Va. The “Dictator”

[Detail] Petersburg, Va. The “Dictator”

What do you see? | Possible Answers

What do you see?

What do you see in this picture?

This photograph has six sections with associated possible questions.

The picture was taken in 1864, during the American Civil War. If you look closely, you will be able to see more in the picture than you might think.

Click on a section of the photograph to see questions that will focus your attention on details in the picture. You will also be able to see a larger view of each portion of the full picture.

Now click on one part of the picture to see possible questions.

Left Section

  1. What are the rail tracks used for?
  2. What are the other items in the photograph?
  3. What are these items used for?
  4. What evidence, from this part of the picture, did you use to draw your conclusions?

Center-left Section

  1. Is this person in the Union or Confederate Army?
  2. What season of the year do you think this is?
  3. What time of day is it?
  4. What evidence, from this part of the picture, did you use to draw your conclusions?

Center Section

  1. What is unusual about the gun?
  2. Why is the barrel so short and thick?
  3. Why are there steps in the front of the gun?
  4. What is the function of the small metal loop on the top of the gun?
  5. What is the function of the metal rod and wheel on this side of the gun?
  6. What is the function of the metal rod in the back of the gun (look between the two men)?
  7. Why are the men wearing different hats?
  8. Why is there a line moving from upper right to lower left in the picture?
  9. What evidence, from this part of the picture, did you use to draw your conclusions?

Right Section

  1. What are the round objects?
  2. Why are they stacked in that manner?
  3. What is the man in suspenders holding in his left hand?
  4. What is the function of that object?
  5. Look at the hat worn by the man in the right side of the picture. Are any other men in the whole picture wearing a hat like his?
  6. What evidence, from this part of the picture, did you use to draw your conclusions?

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