April 1865. "Cold Harbor, Virginia. Collecting remains of dead on the battlefield after the war." Memento mori. Wet plate by John Reekie.Click photo for bigger. The Battle of Cold Harbor was in May and June of 1864. It's interesting that scavengers and insects defleshed the skulls in less than a year. A page at the National Park Service had this photo -
- of a stump from the "Bloody Angle" Confederate entrenchment. The trunk of the 22-inch [diameter?] tree was completely severed by bullets.
Image cropped (while preserving the watermark) from the original at Shorpy.