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Simon Bolivar Buckner

Simon Bolivar Buckner
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Unidentified Artist
Simon Bolivar Buckner, 1 Apr 1823 - 8 Jan 1914
c. 1864
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 8.3cm x 5.3cm (3 1/4" x 2 1/16")
Mount: 10.1cm x 6.1cm (4" x 2 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Carte-de-visite portraits of Confederate generals
During the Civil War, the Union blockade of southern ports effectively halted the flow of most goods, including materials needed by Confederate photographers to continue their operations. Although some photographic supplies were smuggled through, by January 1862 it was reported in the North that "the Photographic Art down South has completely died out in consequence of the war." Because southern cameramen had virtually nothing to work with, photographs representing Confederate leaders, such as these portraits of generals Simon Bolivar Buckner, Braxton Bragg, and Albert Sidney Johnston, typically circulated in the form of retouched copy images produced in the North by such firms as E. & H. T. Anthony rather than as original life portraits created in the South.
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National Portrait Gallery
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