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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part II)

This is the second of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. Part I may be found here. To appreciate the extent that images such as Adolph Metzner’s Cozy corner defied the conventions of mainstream art, it … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part I)

This is the first of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. “Pshaw. It’s no use, they can’t picture a battle,” exclaimed the young son of Reverend A. M. Stewart of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, a … Continue reading

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Civil War Photography Books—A Question

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words are in a book about pictures? We’ll let you mull that one over a little bit, but our real purpose for posting this afternoon is to pass along a … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: No Monuments on the Ocean

There are no monuments on the ocean, no crossroads in the great waters, no places echoing in heart and mind—Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga. But our Civil War ancestors were out there too and some of them still are. Names that resonate … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Shiloh

We were rummaging around in the ECW archives and found this excellent photography essay by Lee White.

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Tonight’s Sunset from Charleston

In Rob Wilson’s guest post this morning, Army of the Potomac Private George Augustus Marden asked to be delivered “from anymore Southern winters.” And with that in mind, I present this evening’s sunset from the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina—one of … Continue reading

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Photographic History in Full Color

Colorizing vintage photographs is an intriguing practice among Civil War buffs—but it’s also a war of worth, where digital artists weigh potential historical inaccuracies against heightened storytelling. For many colorization experts and historians, ineffective practice can jeopardize the representation of well-known … Continue reading

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Elmer Ellsworth was NOT a Derp!!! (Well, maybe a little bit of a Derp . . . but he’s my Derp!)

As I grind through sourcing First Fallen this summer, which is insanely frustrating at times, I had to decide just what I could go dig into myself and what I might–yes–here it comes . . . need to hire a … Continue reading

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“Little Photography in Jeffdom:” The Decline of Photography in the Civil War South

In 1862 Humphrey’s Journal of the Daguerreotype and Photographic Arts boasted that “The Photographic Art down South has completely died out in consequence of the war.”[i] Though an obvious overstatement, considering that southern photographers operated throughout the war, the journal … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/21-3/27/16

This week’s Question of the Week comes from Phill Greenwalt, who asks, “Is photography one of the chief reasons the Civil War is more studied and familiar than the American Revolution?”

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