Fort Sumpter [sic]

BARNARD, George N. (1819-1902)

Publication Date: 1866
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Albumen photograph from a negative taken in 1865 or 1866, 10 x 13 inches, on original two-tone gilt-edged thin card mount, 15 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches, with plate title and photographer's credit. Good condition except for discolouration to the right and left edges of the image, several discolouration spots, a small repaired hole in image. A stunning image from Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, an album which is one of the greatest photographic monuments to the Civil War. As a contemporary reviewer wrote: "These photographs. surpass any other photographic views which have been produced in this country - whether relating to the war or otherwise" (Harper's Weekly, 8 December 1866, p.771). This image comes from George N. Barnard's album titled Photographic Views of Sherman's 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 Gardner's 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. "Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign is a remarkable work of great symbolic, historic, and artistic power. It is a result of a complex interweaving of Barnard's personal vision, nineteenth-century pictorial conventions, and larger ideas about war and the American landscape. " (Davis p.170). In a series of haunting images the album records the trail of destruction left across the Confederacy by General William T. Sherman's 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 - an event worthy of the present monumental album. To the South, it was vicious, bloody and destructive. This image of Fort Sumter, a huge pile of rubble, with men at low tide crossing the small channel in a rowboat, make the once proud prize of the defiant South Carolina militia seem quite insignificant. Fort Sumter was besieged and attacked several times during the war, but had never surrendered. It was evacuated when Sherman took Charleston in February of 1865. As the tensions had mounted in 1860 and '61, Sumter had taken on a terrifically symbolic significance. A Federal fort, its re-supply became a pivotal issue. All of which gives this image a rather forlorn impact. Cf. De Renne p.1317; cf. Howes B150, "b."; cf. Sabin 3462; cf. Taft Photography and the American Scene pp.232 & 486. See also: George N. Barnard Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. with a new preface by Beaumont Newhall New York: 1977 Keith F. Davis. George N. Barnard Photographer of Sherman's Campaign Kansas City, Miss.: 1990. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Fort Sumpter [sic]
Publication Date: 1866

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Crawford, Samuel W.
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Book Description New York, 1896. Second edition (Probably with a tipped-in t.p. and 1887 sheets, which may account for the mistaken spelling of Sumter). Illustrated. 486 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Crawford was the Surgeon stationed at Fort Sumter. Brown printed wrappers, corners bumped and creased, edges rubbed, front hinge starting, else VG Illustrated. 486 pp. 1 vols. 8vo Second edition (Probably with a tipped-in t.p. and 1887 sheets, which may account for the mistaken spelling of Sumter). Seller Inventory # 51900

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