I received this photo yesterday, one of my Ebay purchases! This little girl is Mary Rees, born in 1857. It says she is six years old, therefore the photo was taken in 1863 – the height of the Civil War. The photo has been cut – probably to fit in a frame – but I can just make out Philadelphia at the very bottom.
Mary is very richly dressed, a beautiful dress with a slightly off the the shoulders cut, full skirt and pantalettes. She wears a gold chain. Her hairstyle is similar to an adult female, pulled back and into a bun. Very difficult to see, but there is a pocket on her skirt, close to the chair. This photo even has the hint of pink in her cheeks – usually added by hand after the photo was taken.
Without more information I could find nothing new about Mary – her parents, who she married, any children she might have had. But we can enjoy this reminder of a long ago day.