The original captions give little hint of what’s in the scene, saying simply: “Scene in front of church, ca. 1860-ca.1865.” But a history buff from Maryland says there are tantalizing clues that the photos captured the funeral of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in New York City.
Paul Taylor of Columbia, Md., told the Washington Post he spotted the images in January among hundreds of images by Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady that were published on the Flickr photo-sharing site.
“That is not your normal scene in front of church,” Taylor told the Post. “There’s just people everywhere: the streets, the sidewalks, the roof.”