The J. Paul Getty Museum

Inspection of Troops at Cumberlanding, Pamunkey, Virginia

Object Details

Title:

Inspection of Troops at Cumberlanding, Pamunkey, Virginia

Artists/Makers:

Wood & Gibson

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

Culture:

American

Places:

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

Cumberland Landing, Virginia, United States (Place Depicted)

Date:

May 1862

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XO.1232.1.16

Dimensions:

17.7 × 23 cm (6 15/16 × 9 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

View of a Union Army encampment at Cumberland Landing, Virginia. An anvil resting on a barrel sits beside a mud-splattered forge in the foreground, as a group of horses graze in the field to the right. Rows of Union soldiers stand at attention in the distance in front of the tents that make up the quarters. Small groups of men lounge around the field among their rifles, which lean against each other to create small cone-shaped pyramids.