Silent Witness

The Civil War through Photography and its Photographers

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Compiled by an acclaimed Civil War historian, this beautiful volume illustrated with stunning photography examines America's deadliest conflict through the camera's lens.

The Civil War changed America forever. It shaped its future and determined its place in history. For the first time in military history, the camera was there to record these seismic events from innovations in military and naval warfare, to the battles themselves; the commanders at critical moments in the battle, and the ordinary soldier tentatively posing for his first ever portrait on the eve of battle.

Displaying many rare images unearthed by the author, an acclaimed Civil War historian, this beautiful volume explores how the camera bore witness to the dramatic events of the Civil War. It reveals not only how the first photographers plied their trade but also how photography helped shape the outcome of the war, and how it was reported to anxious families across the North and South.

Table of Contents


Opening Shots, 1859-61
Photography on the Home Front
Photography in Camp and Barracks
Photography at the Front
Photography in Maps and Documents
The Camera with the Navy
Closing Shots, 1865

Glossary of Technical Terms
Notes & Bibliography

Product details

Published Oct 19 2017
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472822772
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ron Field

Ron Field is an internationally acknowledged exper…


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