July 11th, 2012: Views into the Civil War

Posted on: 07/13/2012

150 years ago many people on the home front were anxious to know more about what their sons, brothers and husbands were experiencing while soldiering.  Northern newspapers provided valuable glimpses into what was going on along the front, and for those of us who still today are anxious to know about soldiers’ life the images they produced are very valuable.

Above is a collage of nine camp scenes.   Going clockwise from top left is an ice cart delivering precious ice to a camp; City Point, a valuable stop along the James River that would serve as the main Union supply depot during the Petersburg Campaign in 1864 & 1865; a water cart delivering to a camp; a sutler cart resupplying from a boat on the river to sell goods to soldiers; soldiers cutting down small tress to collect branches, probably for shelter or fortifications; men bathing in a river; a group of men searching for whiskey in a private residence; a photographer’s studio in the field; and finally at the center is the Intrepid hot air balloon used for reconnaissance. 

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