Brady's Civil War: A Collection of Civil War Images Photographed by Matthew Brady and his Assistants

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In the Civil War era, Matthew Brady and his staff became the country's foremost photographers of battle scenes and military life, traveling widely throughout the warring states with their cameras. Brady, who learned the rudiments of photography from Samuel Morse (the inventor of Morse code), had established his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844.By the time of the war, however, Brady was suffering from extremely poor eyesight, so many of the photographs credited to him were in fact taken by his staff. ...
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Overview

In the Civil War era, Matthew Brady and his staff became the country's foremost photographers of battle scenes and military life, traveling widely throughout the warring states with their cameras. Brady, who learned the rudiments of photography from Samuel Morse (the inventor of Morse code), had established his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844.By the time of the war, however, Brady was suffering from extremely poor eyesight, so many of the photographs credited to him were in fact taken by his staff. Nonetheless, he amassed a priceless archive of images of the war-some six thousand of them-with subjects as diverse as politicians, military leaders, and soldiers in the field, as well as devastating scenes of carnage and destruction taken shortly after the battles, and portraits of home life during the war.Brady's Civil War is, in many ways, the complete realization of Brady's dream of bringing his photographs to the world at large: It not only offers more than three hundred stunning Civil War photographs but also sets the record straight as to the authorship of the photographs, finally dispelling the questions and myths that have shrouded his legacy for more than a century.

A pictorial history of the Civil War, using photographs taken by Mathew Brady and his assistants.

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Matthew Brady was America's foremost Civil War photographer. He learned the basics from none other than Samuel Morse, and set up his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844. Little known about Brady: His fading eyesight during the war meant that his assistants were responsible for many of the photos credited to him. Brady's Civil War presents more than 300 of these classic photos, while also clearing up the questions and myths concerning their origin.
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Unlike previous conflicts, when periodicals used artist sketches, the Civil War was the first major armed conflict to be illustrated with photographs. At the outset of the war in July 1861, Mathew Brady (1823-96), who was operating a photography studio in New York, set out to photograph the Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA. Brady went on to become the leading war photographer, amassing, with his assistants, some 6000 photographs. Lecturer and historian Garrison (The Amazing Civil War) has selected more than 300 of these images to be reproduced as vivid, large-size images for his book. The subject matter is diverse: portraits of political leaders and military commanders; and scenes of soldiers and carnage on the battlefield, care of the sick and wounded, and behind-the-lines home life. The emphasis is almost wholly on the Union side. This book will appeal to Civil War buffs. Recommended for academic libraries.--Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585746934
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Webb Garrison is a former university dean and college president who has spent a lifetime collecting and chronicling Civil War imagery and documentation. He has written more than a thousand articles for magazines, and over sixty-five books-of which the most popular are on the Civil War; their cumulative sales are approaching one million copies. He is a frequent speaker on this subject for radio talk shows and national TV programs.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Civilian and Military Leaders 12
Companies and Regiments 30
Dress and Insignia 44
Camp Life 56
The Battlefields 76
The Weapons 90
War on the Water 112
Transportation 130
Feats of Engineering 150
Specialists 170
The Sick and Wounded 184
The Care Givers 196
Flotsam and Jetsam 208
A Land Laid Waste 222
Photographing the War 244
Index 254
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