Thursday, August 04, 2011

George Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign

George Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign at the WHS. "...This collection comprises 61 black-and-white photographs taken and printed by Civil War-era photographer George N. Barnard. Barnard held the post of official photographer for the United States Army, Division of the Mississippi, and traveled with Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman on his Atlanta Campaign and his March to the Sea in 1864. Sherman started the destruction of the Southern railroads in Chattanooga, but Barnard began his work with the Army in Atlanta. He returned to the South in 1866, after the war ended, to record images of the aftermath of the fighting. Barnard solicited advance sales and then published a book of the photographs that he hand printed and mounted. He produced 100 to 150 copies of the book, approximately 50 of which went to European collectors, and Union generals ordered many of the other copies. The Wisconsin Historical Society holds a copy in the archives, which archivists scanned to create this image gallery."


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