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Rare Original Civil War Photograph by George N. Barnard (1819-1902). Entitled: Rebel Works in Front of Atlanta, No. 3 [New York: 1866]. Albumen photograph from a negative taken in 1864, on original two-tone gilt-edged thin card mount, with plate title and photographerÕs credit. Some foxing and discoloration, see pictures. Dimensions: Image 10 x 13 inches; With Card Mount 15 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches. A stunning image from BarnardÕs ÔPhotographic Views of ShermanÕs CampaignÕ, an album which is one of the two greatest photographic monuments to the Civil War and Ôa landmark in the history of photographyÕ (Keith F. Davis). A contemporary reviewer wrote of this image and its companions: ÔThese photographsÉ surpass any other photographic views which have been produced in this country Ð whether relating to the war or otherwiseÕ (ÔHarperÕs WeeklyÕ, 8 December, 1866, p.771) This image comes from George N. BarnardÕs album titled Photographic Views of ShermanÕs Campaign, embracing scenes of the occupation of Nashville, the great battles around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea, and the Great Raid through the Carolinas (1866). This album, together with Alexander GardnerÕs Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War (1866) are the two greatest photographic monuments of the Civil War. Between them, they contain some of the most famous images of the War. ÒPhotographic Views of ShermanÕs Campaign is a remarkable work of great symbolic, historic, and artistic power. It is a result of a complex interweaving of BarnardÕs personal vision, nineteenth-century pictorial conventions, and larger ideas about war and the American landscape. Ó (Davis p.170). In a series of haunting images the album records the trail of destruction left across the Confederacy by General William T. ShermanÕs army from 1864 to 1865 during his famous March to the Sea: from Nashville to Chattanooga, then Atlanta and to Savannah and the sea, then north to Columbia, South Carolina, and finally, Charleston.The images run chronologically starting with Nashville, and including Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Resaca, Etawah Bridge, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbia, Charleston and Fort Sumter. To the North, the military campaign was brilliant, bold and decisive Ð an event worthy of the present monumental album. To the South, it was vicious, bloody and destructive. After the loss of Vicksburg, Atlanta began to prepare its defense. A circle of forts and earthworks was constructed around the city, about a mile from the center of town. Barnard made a number of photographs of parts of this mammoth effort. In this one, we are confronted by a cannon, a camp beyond and the city of Atlanta in the distance. Cf. De Renne p.1317; cf. Howes B150, Òb.Ó; cf. Sabin 3462; cf. Taft Photography and the American Scene pp.232 & 486. See also: George N. Barnard Photographic Views of ShermanÕs CampaignÉ with a new preface by Beaumont Newhall New York: 1977 Keith F. Davis. George N. Barnard Photographer of ShermanÕs Campaign Kansas City, Miss.: 1990 Dimensions: 16" x 19" Artist or Maker: George N. Barnard Medium: Albumen photograph from a negative taken in 1864, on original two-tone gilt-edged thin card mount, with plate title and photographerÕs credit. Date: 1866 Condition Report: Very Good + Antique Condition. Notes: This rare photograph comes from George N. BarnardÕs series titled Photographic Views of ShermanÕs Campaign, embracing scenes of the occupation of Nashville, the great battles around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea, and the Great Raid through the Carolinas (1866). This album, together with Alexander GardnerÕs Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War (1866) are the two greatest photographic monuments of the Civil War. Between them, they contain some of the most famous images of the War.

Condition

Very Good + Antique Condition.

Dimensions

19.5 x 15.75 in

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$10.00

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George N. Barnard Original Civil War Albumen Photograph

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