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Destruction of Hood's Ordinance Train

George N. Barnard (American, 1819–1902)

Date:
1864
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 25.5 x 35.7 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection
  • Description

    This dramatic bird’s-eye view documents the aftermath of the destruction of a Confederate military train filled with gunpowder. When abandoning Atlanta, Confederate General John Bell Hood ordered his troops to set the boxcars on fire so that the Union army would never be able to make use of the train. The explosion also completely leveled the nearby mill, leaving evidence of only a few rail wheels and axles.

  • Provenance

    Sotheby's; W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg

  • Notes

    Plate 44 in Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, 1866

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