The Civil War: A Photographic Journey

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Few programs have had such an impact on me as Ken Burn’s The Civil War.  Maybe it’s because we’re both from NH, or perhaps its our shared love of history, but all I know is that the story of the Civil War as told by Ken Burns has moved this stoic Yankee to tears on many occasions.  And so, with the release of the newly 4k remastered version of The Civil War, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the series’ release, we thought it fitting to visit Fort Pulaski, along the banks Savannah River.  Though the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 is recognized as the beginning of the Civil War, months earlier, on January 6, 1861, a band of 110 Georgia militiamen, at the behest of the governor over fears that the federals would occupy Fort Pulaski as they had Fort Sumter, sailed down the Savannah River and took the fort without bloodshed (there was a total of 1 federal soldier guarding the fort at the time of its capture).  Fast forward to April 1852, at the Federals set to taking their fort back – and after a 30 hour bombardment with new-fangled rifled canon, the fort was breached, the powder magazine dangerously exposed, and there was no choice but surrender.  As the dust settled, it was clear that the age of the masonry fort had come to an abrupt end.

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Since I first saw The Civil War, the desire to visit the hallowed grounds where our countrymen from North and South fought and fell has been strong.  Being a photographer, I think the allure is increased as this was the first war extensively photographed – with photography having only been invented 22 years earlier.  Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to visit Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Fort Clinch, in addition to Fort Pulaski.  In the gallery below, you can view some of our favorite images from our civil war travels.

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Christmas on Amelia Island – Candlelight Caroling at Fort Clinch

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With Christmas literally right around the corner, and with lots of blog posts yet to be posted, I thought what better way to get posting than to highlight a shoot we did for our friends at Amelia Island for the holidays!  On the northern tip of the island is a beautiful Civil-War era fort, named Fort Clinch.  On the first Saturday of December, the folks at Fort Clinch welcome the public to participate in some great 1860’s-era caroling under the stars.  With a raging bonfire and voices raised high, we sang a wealth of pre-1860 carols as the moon rose over the canon-lined ramparts.  Along with the period singing, this immersive walk into 1860’s holiday living included a variety of living displays, depicting the joys and traditions of a Civil War era Christmas.    This will definitely be a tradition for the Deremer Household for years to come!

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Freebie! 2013 HD Veterans Day Wallpaper

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Here at Deremer Studios, we’re grateful for the sacrifices and suffering the men and women of our armed services endure for the sake of our freedom and the freedom of those around the world.  It is an honorable effort and a worthy cause.  As a small token of our appreciation, we’ve uploaded six desktop backgrounds (1920×1080 – Full HD) in honor of Veterans Day.  Enjoy and Give Thanks to those who have given so much!

TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: simply click on the photo you like from the gallery.  Once opened, click “view full resolution”, located on the bottom right part of the screen.  Once the full resolution image loads, simply right click and select “Save As” to save it to your computer. 

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The Civil War at Night – Fort Clinch Under the Stars in HD

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If you’ve followed us for any time, you probably know I am fascinated and moved by the heroes and horrors of the American Civil War.  Last week, we had the pleasure of shooting an event for Inovalon, which included a beautiful evening at Fort Clinch, a Civil War-era fort on the the northern tip of Amelia Island.  The fort itself has a relatively bloodless, but none the less fascinating history that I always enjoy.  To learn (and see) more about the fort, please feel free to visit our post on the 150th Anniversary of Union capture of the Fort.

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But back to this shoot – while there I had the opportunity to capture some fine art images for our client as well as the typical event photos we provide.  The evening looked like rain, but by dusk a sliver of sky was lit ablaze by the setting sun, making for some amazing conditions for that Ken Burns style of sunset photography you may have seen during his documentary, The Civil War. The group was also treated to a pair of twilight field artillery firings courtesy of the a great group of civil war reenactors attached to the fort (below).

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As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!  All images are 1920 x 1080 pixels – perfect for 1080P HD wallpaper for your computer!

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Exploring East: Travels Along the Atlantic States – Gettysburg + 150 Years

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After a wonderful trip to New England, it was reluctantly time to head south.  Instead of more or less tracking along interstate 95, we took a detour to the pastoral Pennsylvania farmland to visit Gettysburg.  Though we were not able to make the 150th anniversary, we arrived at the tail end of the week marking the pivotal battle of the American Civil War.  As a photographer and graphic designer, the history of the above 1863 photo, superimposed onto one of my own photographs, is fascinating and scary.  If you thought photo manipulation was a modern invention, you would be wrong.  Today, it’s a simple task to take a photo, add a person here or remove a piece of the background there.  But in 1863, battlefield photographers had their own approach.  The dead man in this famous picture “The home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” , captured by Alexander Gardner  has recently been discovered to be a staged photograph.  The soldier is believed to have fallen over 300 feet away, his body along with his rifle (not a sharpshooter’s rifle as the title would suggest) were moved by blanket to this pile of defensive rocks raised between two boulders in Devil’s Den.

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In total, over 170,000 troops amassed to wage war in the sleepy little farm town of Gettysburg, PA.  It all began on July 1st, 1863 when confederate troops descended from the north, while Federal troops amassed from the south.  When the battle ended three bloody days later, 7,863 men lay dead in the fields, and another 27,224 wounded were spread throughout the region in churches, schools, barns and homes converted into makeshift field hospitals.

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The above two photos capture the area known ever since the was as The Angle – the site of the last desperate Confederate push to turn the day.   With the Federal troops positioned on a rise, with fences and a stone wall between them and the advancing Confederate line, it was a bloodbath.  The Confederate losses were staggering – the casualty rate was over 50%.  Pickett’s division alone had 2,655 casualties.  It was a bloody affair.

Though our visit was all to quick, the somber memory and ghostly quiet of the battlefield will stay with me for quite some time.  And, on a brighter note, enjoy the photos – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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*Statistics courtesy Wikipedia
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