The American Civil War was the first American War to be extensively photographed. Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O’Sullivan are famous for having made iconic photographs in the Civil War eastern theater. George N. Barnard deserves to be ranked in this top tier for his photographic work in the war’s western theater.
A Civilian photographer hired by William T. Sherman’s chief engineer to take pictures of fortifications around Atlanta, Barnard took several hundred images in and around the city during the fall of 1864. His most famous is the site of Union Major General James B. McPherson’s death in the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.
Stephen Davis of Atlanta has been a Civil War buff since the 4th grade. He grew up in Atlanta, and at Emory University he studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school for a few years, then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature. He has also taught at Oglethorpe University. Steve is the author of five books on the Civil War and serves as Book Review Editor for Civil War News, the monthly national newspaper for enthusiasts, for which he contributes a regular column, “Critic’s Corner.”
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