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Lens of war : exploring iconic photographs of the Civil War

Format: Print Book 2015
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Lens of War grew out of an invitation to leading historians of the Civil War to select and reflect upon a single photograph. Each could choose any image and interpret it in personal and scholarly terms. The result is a remarkable set of essays by twenty-seven scholars whose numerous volumes on the Civil War have explored military, cultural, political, African American, women's, and environmental history.

The essays describe a wide array of photographs and present an eclectic approach to the assignment, organized by topic: Leaders, Soldiers, Civilians, Victims, and Places. Readers will rediscover familiar photographs and figures examined in unfamiliar ways, as well as discover little-known photographs that afford intriguing perspectives. All the images are reproduced with exquisite care. Readers fascinated by the Civil War will want this unique book on their shelves, and lovers of photography will value the images and the creative, evocative reflections offered in these essays.

Introduction / J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher
Part I.Leaders
The "Gettysburg" Lincoln: the back story of a full-frontal photograph / Harold Holzer
Robert E. Lee and Traveller in Petersburg / Ethan S. Rafuse
"It is just what it is and nothing else": Grant after Cold Harbor / Joan Waugh
Jeb Stuart in full finery / Gary W. Gallagher
Roads to Antietam: George McClellan, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Gardner / J. Matthew Gallman
The weird one: Stonewall Jackson's Chancellorsville portrait / Kathryn Shively Meier
The peculiar genius of William Tecumseh Sherman / Joseph T. Glatthaar
Part II. Soldiers
Looking at war: Union soldiers in the Peninsula Campaign / Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Cary Robinson's last Christmas / Emory M. Thomas
Confederates at Gettysburg / Brooks D. Simpson
Champ Ferguson / Daniel E. Sutherland
Who are they? / Carol Reardon
Part III. Civilians
A family in camp / Caroline E. Janney
What's in a face: Annie Etheridge Hooks and civil work / Jane E. Schultz
Refugee camp at Helena, Arkansas, 1863 / Thavolia Glymph
Finding a new war in an old image / Susan Eva O'Donovan
Part IV. Victims
My dead Confederate / James Marten
Andrew J. Russell and the stone wall at Fredericksburg / Earl J. Hess
"A harvest of death": negative by Timothy O'Sullivan, positive by Alexander Gardner / Stephen Cushman
Colonel William P. Rogers and his comrades: postmortem at Corinth, Mississippi, October 1862 / T. Michael Parrish
"Eye of history": looking at Civil War prisoners of war / Judith A. Giesberg
A dead horse / James I. Robertson Jr
Part V. Places
City Point, Virginia: the nerve center of the Union war effort / Elizabeth R. Varon
The book or the gun? / Stephen Berry
From home front to ruins: the Fredericksburg destruction / William A. Blair
George N. Barnard, "Charleston, S.C. view of ruined buildings through porch of the Circular Church (150 Meeting Street)," 1865 / Megan Kate Nelson
The Grand Review / Steven E. Woodworth.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At the onset of the Civil War, photography was a relatively new medium. War photography, first widely used in the 1850s in the Crimean War, fully blossomed during the Civil War, with frequently stark images conveying the carnage of battle. This collection of images, many of them familiar to Civil War enthusiasts, were selected to serve as a jumping-off point for the essays of 27 scholars on topics suggested by the photos. The photos, topics, and essays are an eclectic mix. By themselves, many of the photos would seem unremarkable, but the often brilliantly written essays compel the reader to view the photos with a fresh perspective. An iconic shot of Robert E. Lee mounted on his horse, Traveller, leads to an essay by Ethan Rafuse that conveys both Lee's nobility and his sense of impending defeat as the war drags on. A portrait of a flamboyant Jeb Stuart is accompanied by a Gary Gallagher essay examining the myth of the noble Confederate cavalier and the endurance of the concept of the Lost Cause. Together, the photos and essays make a superb addition to Civil War collections.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Uncivil wars.
Subjects Photography in historiography -- Case studies.
War photography -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Pictorial works.
Publisher Athens, Georgia :2015
Contributors Gallman, J. Matthew (James Matthew), editor.
Gallagher, Gary W., editor.
Language English
Description 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-246) and index.
ISBN 9780820348100
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