The Resource Northern Virginia Civil War images collection

Northern Virginia Civil War images collection

Label
Northern Virginia Civil War images collection, 1853-1914
Title
Northern Virginia Civil War images collection
Inclusive dates
1853-1914
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The collection contains images and maps depicting Northern Virginia. A majority of the images are contemporary illustrations of the Civil War in Virginia. Formats include wood engravings, steel engravings, lithographs, chromolithographs, and a manuscript
Biographical or historical data
The Illustrated London News was one of the first newspapers to employ wood engravings on a wide scale. One of its artists was Frank Vizetelly (1830-1883); he covered the Civil War for British readers. Early on, he illustrated the war from the Union side but was later allowed to draw from the Confederate side. Artists like Vizetelly sometimes did more than draw, though. He acted as a messenger for Confederate General James Longstreet at the battle of Chickamauga. Vizetelly was also a staff aide for the Confederates at the battle of Fredericksburg and was present at Charleston, South Carolina, when it was besieged. Because of such personal involvement by artists, many engravings were not made by detached observers, but by active participants in history unfolding. Many of today's Northern Virginia residents only know the area as a population outgrowth of Washington, D.C. Despite this cosmopolitan reputation, it was largely farm country at the time of the Civil War through World War II. Few realize that the area was the frequent battleground for large contending forces. Yet, many of the areas that are depicted in the images still exist today but under much different circumstances. Some of the areas included in these images have undergone radical cultural changes as well. An Islamic Mosque now occupies Munson Hill, which Confederate forces occupied under General J.E.B. Stuart during early days of the war.
Cataloging source
VGM
Characteristic
graphic
Language note
In English
Technique
not applicable
Label
Northern Virginia Civil War images collection
Link
http://sca.gmu.edu/finding_aids/novaimages.html
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • Special Collections and Archives
Carrier category
sheet
Carrier category code
nb
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
  • mixed
  • multicolored
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
3 linear ft.
Governing access note
Collection is open to research
Immediate source of acquisition
Purchased by SC&A in 1997-2005 from Prints Old and Rare.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Organization method
This collection is arranged by locality of primary image.
Physical medium
paper
Positive negative aspect
not applicable
Primary support material
paper
Production reproduction details
other
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
1945107
Specific material designation
  • print
  • map
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn496021998
Type of reproduction
not applicable

Library Locations

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