Sherman's Breach: 1864

Sherman's Breach: 1864

Atlanta, Georgia. General William T. Sherman, leaning on breach of gun, and staff at Federal Fort No. 7. LOC Summary: Photograph of the War in the West. This photograph is of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months. During the occupation, George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer's Office, made the best documentary record of the war in the West; but much of what he photographed was destroyed in the fire that spread from the military facilities blown up at Sherman's departure on November 15. Photograph taken in 1864. Photo by George N. Barnard. Old photos provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative - wet collodion stereograph.