Wimbledon, but not tennis

1 July 2011 by Sarah Starkey

Confederate solders reunion at Wimbledon Common 1869

B/FT 1/215:Detail of photograph; Group of Confederate States’ war veterans at Wimbledon Common, 1869.

It’s a big weekend for North America this week.  Today is Canada Day and on Monday it’s Independence Day in the USA.  At the Merseyside Maritime Museum we’re currently marking a not so happy time in North America with an exhibition on the important part played by Liverpool in the American Civil War.  There is a gallery trail throughout the museum and a display of documents outside the Maritime Archives & Library on the second floor.  This image is part of a photograph of ex-Confederate soldiers taken at Wimbledon, London in 1869, presumably during the annual National Rifle Association meeting held on the Common.

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