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 Posted: Fri Oct 17th, 2008 11:32 pm
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I think the series of photos of Grant, Meade, etc. sitting outside on pews was the Massaponax Church in VA. I particularly like it because it's unposed, which was rare at the time, and that means you get a sort of "fly-on-the-wall" snapshot of the men. You see postures and facial expressions you don't on the more common posed shots. It probably IS as close to movies of the time as we'll get.

As far as I know, there are not many actual shots of actual battles (I can think of only one particular picture). You might think its because it was a dangerous feat to set up your camera in the midst of battle, but actually it would take so long to set up a shot  in a battle that the colloidian on the glass negatives often dries, not to mention that in a battle no one stays still, so you'd end up with a big blur (which many soldiers might say was how they remembered the battle, anyway!). But I wish there were more battle photos.

Thanks for all the links folks!

Pam

 

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