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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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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