Photographer Mathew Brady was already famous by 1850; in his lifetime he captured eighteen U.S. presidents on film. But when the Civil War began, Brady left his studio and joined the rough-and-ready camps of soldiers, recording the entire war with the help of several assistants. He went bankrupt in the process and died alone and destitute in 1896. But, thanks to Brady, those thousands of images of camp life, military drills, and moments just before and after battles are forever part of our flickering consciousness of that calamitous conflict.
A century-and-a-half after that war, Brady’s Civil War brings alive hundreds of those stunning Civil War moments, highlighting the photos’ immense creativity and informative value for military enthusiasts as well as readers interested in the art of photography.
The text by Webb Garrison is incisive and explanatory, describing how the camera was taken to the battlefield to create the world’s first comprehensive photo-documentation of war. This edition, with an introduction by historian Alan Axelrod, is a fitting tribute to the Civil War on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||10.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
|Civilian and Military Leaders||12|
|Companies and Regiments||30|
|Dress and Insignia||44|
|War on the Water||112|
|Feats of Engineering||150|
|The Sick and Wounded||184|
|The Care Givers||196|
|Flotsam and Jetsam||208|
|A Land Laid Waste||222|
|Photographing the War||244|