Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

our-favorite-modern-civil-war-photosDuring my battlefield trips, I enjoying taking the “classic” cannon photos. Though serene battlefield markers today, these artillery pieces caused fearsome destruction during the Civil War.

Manassas Cannon

Cannon at Battery Heights, Second Manassas (Manassas National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Cannon at Jackson's Lines, First Fredericksburg  (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Cannon at Jackson’s Lines, First Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Silent cannon. Singing birds. War’s horrors nearly forgotten.

Spider Web & Cannon at Spotsylvania(Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Spider Web & Cannon at Spotsylvania(Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

So still it invites a spider to make a home…

"The Cadets Cannon" at New Market Battlefield (Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

“The Cadets Cannon” at New Market Battlefield (Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Once – Precision. Mortality. Science. Killing Thunder.

Cannon at "Stonewall" Jackson Headquarters Museum (Winchester, Virginia; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Cannon at “Stonewall” Jackson Headquarters Museum (Winchester, Virginia; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

Now – Memorial Markers. Innocuous. Beautiful. Silent Reminders.

West Woods Cannon Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

West Woods Cannon (Antietam National Battlefield; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

I stop to think…and wonder.

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, living history enthusiast, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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3 Responses to Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

  1. Mark Hartshorne says:

    1x2

  2. John Foskett says:

    With one apparent exception (no. 2), an inordinate fascination with bronze and smooth bore. 🙂

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