“Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg railroad bridge from island in James River.” Richmond, Virginia, April 1865; Alexander Gardner, photographer. Shows group of five African American females (perhaps four women and a girl) and a boy on an island in the James River.
Image Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. “Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg railroad bridge from island in James River,” Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-cwpb-00388, Call Number: LC-B815- 846
This very curious Civil War era photograph was taken in Richmond, Virginia. The city had been the Capitol of the Confederate States of America, but in April 1865, it was captured and occupied by Union troops. In the wake of the attack on the city, damage was done to its infrastructure. Some of the damage was done by evacuating Confederate military, to limit the use that the Union army could make of the place.
Alexander Gardner, one of the War’s famed photographers, took this photograph of…
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