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Sherman and His Generals

Mathew B. Brady (American, near Lake George, New York 1823?–1896 New York)

Artist:
George N. Barnard (American, 1819–1902)
Date:
1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 25.6 x 36 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/16 in.) Frame: 47 x 57.2 cm (18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester
  • Description

    During the Grand Review of the Armies held in Washington, D.C., at the close of the Civil War, Brady scheduled an afternoon portrait session with Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman and his closest staff. All but one of the eight officers arrived promptly at the studio. “At 3 o’clock he had not put in an appearance,” Brady recalled of the missing general, “so we made a negative without him” (see ills.). Later in the day, when the tardy officer presented himself, Brady photographed him alone, reuniting him with his comrades by means of photomontage.

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