Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Beginning Of The End

When the Battle of Brandy Station commenced on this day in 1863, the 20,000 troops engaged had no way of knowing that this largest ever cavalry battle on American soil would be the beginning of the end of the War between The States. The Union victory in the fields in Culpepper County, Virginia, gave the Federal troops the confidence in themselves and their commanders needed for the pivotal battles that were ahead, including the decisive three days of fighting at Gettysburg, less than three weeks in the future.

These historic albumen photoprints, made by Timothy O'Sullivan, are from the Civil war collection of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, in the Albin O. Kuhn Library. The first picture shows the Union wagon park in Brandy Station where the supply wagons were stored.

The second picture shows part of the Union camp. The third picture is of the quartermaster's residence.

The last picture is the camp's Post Office, nestled in the trees, no doubt a comfort to the men so far from home, as a link to their loved ones.

1 comment:

Sweet Repose said...

It seems so strange to me that people of this era wore their good clothes to battle, to work, wherever, perhaps it was all they had, but can you imagine today wearing a suit coat to work on the railroad or building a house...don't even get me started on dresses...who came up with that idea anyway???

Great pictures!