Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sequence of Photographs of Union Army Covered Wagons On The Move Picking Up and Carrying Off Supplies, Ambulances, Horses, an Encampment, and Docked Transport Vessels at Belle Plain Along Potomac Creek in Virginia During the American Civil War (1864)


Sequence of photographs of Union Army covered wagons on the move picking up and carrying off supplies, ambulances, horses, an encampment, and docked transport vessels at Belle Plain along Potomac Creek in Virginia during the American Civil War, c. 1864. Two additional photographs show army or civilian teamsters posing for the camera and a darkroom used by the photographer to develop all of the photographs.

These four looped photographs were taken in quick succession with a 4-lens stereoscopic camera and reveal that a time of possibly a few seconds between when the images on the glass negative plate were exposed. A primitive film emerges when they are animated as seen here. They were probably taken by a photographer employed by Mathew Brady.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration.

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