We might have to take this photo with a grain of salt. Wilson has identified it as Douglass, but if you compare it to another photo identified (again, perhaps circumstantially) as Douglass, the look fairly different. But then again FD looked different in quite a number of portraits. So take this for what it is worth. The book is on reserve in Eckles, if you’d like to peruse other images of African Americans from the era.
I wonder who discovered their full names? That kind of thing doesn’t show up in the library record….
If you go to the LOC digital archive, you’ll see more photos in this series:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=department%20of%20the%20gulf&co=gld (I searched LOC’s Prints & Photographs for “Department of the Gulf.”
[We can] not escape historicity, but . . . anyone anywhere with the right dosage of suspicion can formulate questions to history with no pretense that these questions themselves stand outside history.
— Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1997), xviii.