Scene of Battle, Fredericksburg, Virginia [Caissons destroyed by Federal shells]

Object Details

Title:

Scene of Battle, Fredericksburg, Virginia [Caissons destroyed by Federal shells]

Artist/Maker(s):

A.J. Russell (American, 1830 - 1902)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States (Place created)

Date:

May 3, 1863

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

25 x 32.8 cm (9 7/8 x 12 7/8 in.)

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The second battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on May 3, 1863, took place at Chancellorsville, a hamlet ten miles west of Fredericksburg. From the vantage point of Marye's Height above the town, Russell photographed wrecked and overturned Confederate gun caissons or ammunition transports.

The massacred corpses of the horses that had pulled the caissons lie strewn across the now-impassable road. Herman Haupt, Chief of the Bureau of Military Railways and employer of photographer Andrew Russell, leans against a stump, surveying the destruction caused by a single shell. On May 4, 1863, the Union army was driven from the Fredericksburg Heights in Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last great triumph.

Exhibitions
Grave Testimony: Photographs of the Civil War (January 14 to March 29, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 14 to March 29, 1992
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Bibliography

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff, exh. cat. (New York: Gray Press, 1978) p. 38.