The Morbid Anatomy Museum Opens in Brooklyn
Most of us don’t stop for death until it kindly, or unkindly, stops for us. And then there is the new Morbid Anatomy Museum,
which will throw the Grim Reaper an enthusiastic welcome party when it
opens its doors this weekend in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Full NYTimes story here.
Friday, June 27, 2014
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|George B. McClellan (b. 1826 - d. 1885) Freemason and Major General during the American Civil War.|
|William Tecumseh Sherman (b. 1820 - d.1891) American Civil War Union general|
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Gardner caption, "View in field on right wing."
Library of Congress collection.
This paragraph opens the text that Alexander Gardner wrote to accompany this photograph in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War. Both text and image eloquently capture the war's toll of death and destruction, especially apparent after the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Although Gardner's caption identifies the men in the photograph as "rebels represented...without shoes," they are probably Union dead. During the Civil War, shoes were routinely removed from corpses because supplies were scarce and surviving troops needed them.
via:J Paul Getty Museum
Info discussing location of photos from this series. Via: Spotsylvania Civil War Bog
"One of the most elusive group of Civil War battlefield photographs has been the image known as “The Harvest of Death” and its companion images, showing the same bodies from a near opposite angle. The group was made in the days following the battle, most probably July 6, 1863. There have been three prevailing theories as to the precise location of this ghastly scene. Since 1975, historian William A. Frassanito has felt comfortable in his belief that the group of photos was taken somewhere near the Rose Farm and the Emmitsburg Road. The greatest challenge has been in trying to locate a piece of land where all terrain features cooperate, in both directions, to make the theory work. Granted, doing this has been made even that more difficult by over a century’s growth and/or removal of wood lines and other obstructions, as well as potential modifications to the landscape surface. The mission has continued for another thirty-seven years as numerous investigators have scoured the battlefield landscape to find the right combination of elements"