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How a forensic artist attempted to recreate the face of a Black Civil War soldier

How a forensic artist attempted to recreate the face of a Black Civil War soldier
The soldier is thought to have been a member of one of the Civil War's first Black regiments, an iconic infantry whose hard-fought loss near Charleston, S.C., was depicted in the Oscar-winning 1989 film "Glory."

"My whole career I've been sculpting faces that I'm not looking at," says Bailey, 59, from her home just outside Las Vegas."Then you start adding eyelids, and then you start forming some muscles and clay around" — layering heft where the bone is built to support it — "and it's like it comes to life," Bailey says."I was fighting with myself how much to try to go for more detail," Bailey says." "I hope it's okay," Bailey says simply, when asked how she reflects on this project.

How a forensic artist attempted to recreate the face of a Black Civil War soldier It was an unusual request for the FBI.The soldier is thought to have been a member of one of the Civil War's first Black regiments, an iconic infantry whose hard-fought loss near Charleston, S.

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