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    Artist Name:

    George N. Barnard

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1819–1902


    Trestle Bridge, at Whiteside


    1864, printed 1866


    Albumen silver print


    10 1/8 x 14 inches

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    Currently Not on View
    George N. Barnard was one of several unacknowledged photographers who worked for Civil War photographer Matthew Brady before setting out on his own in 1863. Serving as official photographer for the Army of the Cumberland’s topographical branch of the Department of Engineers, Barnard documented notable battlefields, military works, bridges, and topographic views. His best-known works are his striking images documenting Sherman’s march to the sea. Sixty-one albumen plates from this project were published by Barnard in 1866 as an album titled "Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign". The bridge at Whiteside was destroyed during the Civil War; this trestle bridge was built in 1863. The pairing of the debris scattered across the foreground and the newly constructed bridge in the background emphasizes both the devastation of the war and the necessity for continuation after its end.

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