Exhibitions/ Art Object

End of the Bridge after Burnside's Attack, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Artist:
Andrew Joseph Russell (American, 1830–1902)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)
Date:
1863
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 13.1 × 20.6 cm (5 3/16 × 8 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
33.65.17
Not on view
Likely made in April 1863 during a truce just before the Battle of Chancellorsville, this view from the buttress of a ruined railroad bridge spanning the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg documents a small group of Confederate soldiers and civilians. They stare across the divide at their fellow combatants and pose for the camera. Russell’s long focal-length lens compressed foreground and background elements, suggesting that the two sides were actually closer than they were. It is the only known landscape view or portrait by a Union photographer showing the enemy neither dead, incarcerated, or under visible military control.
Loyal Legion, Boston Chapter, Commandery of the State of Massachusetts

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