Photographs by Felice Beato of the 1871 Korean Campaign 

ID numbers and some descriptions from the National Archives and Records Administration
(Modern pictures taken by Thomas Duvernay)

ID number (200(s)-KWG-)                           Description                                                           

2 Roze Island (Wolmi Do)
2b The same view today
3 Village of Kanghwa showing the entrance to the Salt River leading to Seoul (actual location probably near Dukjin Fortress, across from Dukpojin on the mainland).
4 Boisee Island (Jakyakdo), Anchorage of US Asiatic Fleet
4b View of island today (opposite side)
5 Boisee Island
5b The same view today
7 Chief of the village of Rose Island [Wolmi Island].
8 Corean officials on an interview on board the USS Colorado.
9 Corean officer and soldiers with despatches on board the Colorado (more likely prisoners).
12 Council of War on board the US Flag ship Colorado.
13 Exterior of Marine Redoubt [Choji Fortress]. The first fort captured- 10 June 1871.
13b The same view today
14 Interior of Marine Redoubt.

Col. Lee Jae, professor at Korea Military Academy, inside Choji (Marine Redoubt) today
15 Interior of second fort captured. Marine Redoubt.
16 A Corean camp near Marine Redoubt.
16b Probably same site today
17 Corean magazine in Marine Redoubt
17a Close-up of officers in photo
17b Same place today
18 Monocacy and Palos covering troops on their way to Marine Redoubt

Same spot today. The rock with the small light tower on it is the same as the big rock in the 1871 picture.
19 View from Marine Redoubt showing the line of march of US troops to Fort McKee.
Pictures of the area today

20 Fort Monocacy [Duk Jin Fortress] after capture by Marines
20a Same view today (ginseng field inbetween)
21 View from Fort Monocacy [Duk Jin Fortress], with Fort McKee [Upper Kwang Sung Fortress] in the distance.
21a Same view today
22 Interior of Fort McKee
23 Interior of Fort McKee showing the headquarters of the Corean Commander in-Chief. Nearly the same view as photo #25
23a Same view today
24 Interior of Fort McKee immediately after capture.
24b The same spot today
24c Wider view
25 Interior of Fort McKee
26 Exterior of Fort McKee.
Pictures of the area today

27 Elbow Fort, the first to open fire on the Surveying Expedition of the US squadron.
27b Elbow Fort (Yongdu) today
27c Elbow Fort today (toward embarkation point)
27d Swift current by Elbow Fort
27e Looking across to "Floating Island" (Burae Sum)
28 Two Corean wounded prisoners waiting for a visit by the surgeon on board the USS Monocacy
30 The Palos towing boats with storming party
31 The Monocacy towing the boats on their return to the fleet with trophies of victory
32 USS Colorado
33 USS Alaska
34 USS Benecia
35 USS Palos
36 Group of captives on board the Colorado.
37 Edward Drew and Frederick Low (US Minister to China) with Chinese translators
39 Watch Officers of the USS Colorado
40 Officers of the USS Colorado
42 Officers and crew of USS Monocacy
43 Officers of the USS Alaska
46 The flag of the Commander in Chief of the Corean Forces (General Uh Je-yeon) captured
46b The flag today at the US Naval Academy museum, rolled up on bottom shelf
46c Picture with the grandson of General Uh Je-yeon
46d Message by the grandson of Hugh Purvis on the donation of his grandfather's Medal of Honor to the USNA Museum
48 Korean prisoners

(L-R) Mr. Namgoong Soon (Director of Cultural Affairs for Kanghwa Island), Prof. Kang Shin-yeob, Col. Lee Jae, Col. Kim Ki-hoon (Professors of history at the Korea Military Academy)

1871 Korean Campaign

Korean Traditional Archery

Copyright © 2001 Thomas Duvernay