At the front of the group of people in this photograph are nine musicians. So it must have been a musical retreat in the woods. But wait, are the men in the second row holding baseball bats? Are the musicians and baseball players camping together? And who plays baseball in the woods, anyway? There’s a horse-drawn omnibus behind the group, so at least we know how they got around.
The guy in the cap, above, is holding a bat (detail below):
The guy in the center, above, is holding a ball and catcher’s mask (detail below):
The two guys on the right, below, are holding bats:
In 1863, roughly twenty years before this photo was taken, William Tipton was a 12-year-old apprentice at the only photo studio in town, run by brothers Charles and Isaac Tyson. In July of that year the Battle of Gettysburg took place, which would be the bloodiest battle in American history and the turning point in the Civil War. The Tyson brothers and young Tipton were among the first to photograph the battle.