Studio portrait of African American soldiers Thomas Pennington and William L. Henderson, 20th US Colored Troops. Backmark of Leeson's, Photographic Gallery, New Orleans. Corners rounded. The subjects are pencil identified on verso as "Barbers of the 20th."
Organized at Riker's Island in New York Harbor in February 1864, the 20th USCT was sent to the defenses of New Orleans in March. They went to Port Hudson and Pass Cavallo, TX before returning to New Orleans. They were mustered out in Nashville in October 1865.
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