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Civil War Art: A Search for Truth

The hanging of photography or artwork from the Civil War in any museum is usually a press worthy event, especially during the sesquicentennial anniversary celebration continuing this year.  My attention was recently drawn to an article from The New Yorker critiquing some of the work hung in two current exhibitions of the Metropolitan Museum of […]

Take A Look Around: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

To continue my recent exploration of Civil War photographers, today I would like to introduce you to Andrew J. Russell, a New Yorker who took his wartime experience and applied it to yet another monumental event in American history: the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad.  Born in Nunda, Russell began his career as a […]

Alexander Gardner and Immortality

Whether I am staying at home or in my dorm room at UVa, there is a poster that I always bring with me and hang proudly on my wall.  The poster is of Abraham Lincoln shortly before he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, but he is not the star of the show.  Under the large image […]

A Substantial Loss

The year 1862 laid witness not only to the Battle of Hampton Roads, Antietam, and other infamous battles of the Civil War, but a tragedy in President Lincoln’s own household.  On February 20, 1862, Lincoln’s third son, Willie, passed away from Typhoid fever.  As a young boy, he was committed to his studies and enjoyed spending […]