[Orange and Alexandria Railroad Bridge, near Union Mills, Virginia]
Andrew Joseph Russell (American, 1830–1902)
Formerly attributed to Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 12.3 x 20.1 cm (4 13/16 x 7 15/16 in.)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933
Not on view
A. J. Russell, a captain in the 141st New York Infantry Volunteers, was one of the few Civil War photographers who also was a soldier. As a photographer-engineer for the U.S. Military Railroad Construction Corps, Russell was responsible for recording both the technical accomplishments of General Herman Haupt's engineers and the battlefields and campsites in Virginia. This view of soldiers and civilians below and upon a railroad bridge also shows a burned blockhouse (upper left corner) designed by Haupt and intended to protect a vital creek crossing.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil, verso TL to TR: "O. + A. R.R. near Union Mills // On Bull Run"; inscribed in pencil, verso BR [sideways]: "447"
Loyal Legion, Boston Chapter, Commandery of the State of Massachusetts
Loyal Legion, Boston Chapter, Commandery of the State of Massachusetts (until 1933)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Old Faces and Places: American Photographs, 1845-1870," February 3, 2004–April 25, 2004.