Rails of the Manassas Gap Railroad, Alexandria Va.

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Rails of the Manassas Gap Railroad, Alexandria Va.


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




Alexandria, Virginia, United States (Place created)


about January 1865


Albumen silver print


23.5 x 32.7 cm (9 1/4 x 12 7/8 in.)

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From an elevated perspective, A. J. Russell made this photograph overlooking the Union Army's plentiful supply of iron rails. Rows of barracks and a train of boxcars fill the background. Between the tall, neatly stacked rails rests a train of flatbed cars loaded with more rails. During the American Civil War, the frequent destruction of railroads required a large supply of replacement rails. According to one report, the Union's. Military Railroad purchased over 21,000 tons of track between 1862 and 1865.

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
Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff, exh. cat. (New York: Gray Press, 1978) p. 39.