Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part VII: The interior through the camera lens, preserved on glass plate

Thus far, we’ve looked at photos taken of the exterior of Fort Johnson, specifically the water battery.  But those were not the only places the photographer, George Barnard, visited in the spring of 1865.  In fact, Barnard spent considerable time inside Fort Johnson.  From that, we can “virtually” tour the fort, 150 years later, byContinue reading “Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part VII: The interior through the camera lens, preserved on glass plate”

Four big guns protecting Charleston Harbor: Fort Johnson, Photo Analysis, Part I

Shortly after the fall of Charleston, Federal engineers and survey teams arrived in the city.  One of those teams, under US Coast Survey Assistant Charles Otis Boutelle, focused on the waterways, channels, and shorelines. But the US Coast Survey also provided some excellent surveys of the fortifications.  On the other hand, the Army’s teams focusedContinue reading “Four big guns protecting Charleston Harbor: Fort Johnson, Photo Analysis, Part I”

Confederate Single Banded “Army” Brooke in Fort Sumter photo?

I mentioned the gun in this photo earlier today: The photo was taken near the end of the Civil War after Confederates evacuated Fort Sumter and Charleston.  Otherwise the cameraman would have been subjected to no end of harassment from Morris Island’s batteries.  It is attributed to George Barnard.  The same gun appears in atContinue reading “Confederate Single Banded “Army” Brooke in Fort Sumter photo?”