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Artist Name:

George N. Barnard

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1819–1902

Title:

Trestle Bridge, at Whiteside

Date:

1864, printed 1866

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

10 1/8 x 14 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase

Accession Number:

1985.226.4

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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