Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War by J. Matthew GallmanLens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War by J. Matthew Gallman

Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

EditorJ. Matthew Gallman, Gary Gallagher

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

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Lens of War grew out of an invitation to leading historians of the Civil War to select and reflect upon a single photograph. Each could choose any image and interpret it in personal and scholarly terms. The result is a remarkable set of essays by twenty-seven scholars whose numerous volumes on the Civil War have explored military, cultural, political, African American, women’s, and environmental history.

The essays describe a wide array of photographs and present an eclectic approach to the assignment, organized by topic: Leaders, Soldiers, Civilians, Victims, and Places. Readers will rediscover familiar photographs and figures examined in unfamiliar ways, as well as discover little-known photographs that afford intriguing perspectives. All the images are reproduced with exquisite care. Readers fascinated by the Civil War will want this unique book on their shelves, and lovers of photography will value the images and the creative, evocative reflections offered in these essays.

J. MATTHEW GALLMAN is a professor of history at the University of Florida and author of Mastering Wartime: A Social History of Philadelphia during the Civil War, America’s Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, and the forthcoming Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front. G...
Title:Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.26 × 9.28 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820348104

ISBN - 13:9780820348100

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We view Alexander Gardner’s famous 1865 close-up portrait of Lincoln, Mathew Brady’s portrait of Ulysses S. Grant in 1864 after the Battle of Cold Harbor, Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveler, and Jeb Stuart in Confederate finery; in the accompanying essays we witness the rapture that these figures continue to cultivate in contemporary viewers. . . . Reading such entries, one is constantly reminded of the Roland Barthes’s claim that photographs can carry a punctum, the tiny, almost-incidental details within pictures that rivet the gaze and become deeply mesmerizing and achingly personal. - Anthony W. Lee - The Journal of American History