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

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What Edward S. Curtis did for the American West, Mathew Brady did for the Civil War, and a half century earlier. His more traditional photographic pursuits had already made him famous by 1850; in his lifetime he captured nineteen U.S. presidents on film. But when the Civil War began, Brady changed direction, left his studio, and joined the rough-and-ready camps of soldiers, recording the entire event with the help of several assistants. He went bankrupt in the process and died alone and destitute in 1896. But, ...

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Overview

What Edward S. Curtis did for the American West, Mathew Brady did for the Civil War, and a half century earlier. His more traditional photographic pursuits had already made him famous by 1850; in his lifetime he captured nineteen U.S. presidents on film. But when the Civil War began, Brady changed direction, left his studio, and joined the rough-and-ready camps of soldiers, recording the entire event with the help of several assistants. He went bankrupt in the process and died alone and destitute in 1896. But, thanks to Brady, we have thousands of images of mid-nineteenth-century camp life, military drills, and moments just before and after battles.

 

Brady’s Civil War presents a select collection of several hundred of these images, highlighting their immense creativity and informative value for military enthusiasts as well as readers interested in the art of photography. The text, by Webb Garrison, is in the form of incisive and explanatory captions, describing how the camera was taken to the battlefield to create the world’s first comprehensive photodocumentation of war. This edition has been re-edited and has a new introduction by historian Alan Axelrod.

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: 9781599213156
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Webb Garrison, a former university dean and college president who has spent a lifetime collecting and chronicling Civil War imagery and documentation, is the author of almost seventy books. He lives in North Carolina.

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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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