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The Pulpit, Fort Fisher, N. C.

Object Details

Title:

The Pulpit, Fort Fisher, N. C.

Artists/Makers:

Timothy H. O'Sullivan (American, about 1840 - 1882)

Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821 - 1882)

Culture:

American

Places:

Washington, District of Columbia, United States (Place Created)

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States (Place Depicted)

Date:

January 1865

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XO.944.2.2.29

Dimensions:

17.7 × 22.9 cm (6 15/16 × 9 in.)

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Object Description

View of a group of Union soldiers gathered in the remains of the earthworks at Fort Fisher after its capture from Confederate control. A wooden support structure sits in the earthen mound that surrounds the soldiers, complete with brick chimneys and angled ramps leading to the top. Several of the soldiers lean against a fence made of wood planks, surrounded by their rifles, which lean against each other in small groups to create cone-shaped pyramids.