This early war view documents Union soldiers investigating the extensive defensive works built by the Confederate army after their stunning victory at Manassas in the war’s first land battle, on July 21, 1861. Mathew B. Brady released the photograph by two members of his corps of field photographers as number 234 in his series "Incidents of the War."
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Printed on mount, recto (BC): "BRADY Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1862, by BARNARD & GIBSON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia. WASHINGTON. // INCIDENTS OF THE WAR. // No. 234. // FORTIFICATIONS, MANASSAS."
Paul Katz, 08/01/84; Gilman Paper Company Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.
Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.
New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.
Artist:Unknown (American) Date:1861Medium:1/2 blue-black goatskin binding with green textured cloth sides and a gold-tooled tan calf label on the front boardAccession:2005.100.854On view in:Not on view