Civil War naval combat photos archived in Richmond


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First Civil War combat photos archived in Richmond

By: Katherine Calos | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: June 02, 2012


Detail of combat action photo taken on Sept. 8, 1863. by George S. Cook showing Union ships in Charleston Harbor while they fired on Fort Sumter, where he had gone to photograph damage from previous shelling. After the war he moved to Richmond, and his archives including the glass negative for this photo are at the Valentine Richmond History Center

"Two years later, when he returned to the Confederate-held Fort Sumter to photograph damage from Union shelling, Cook found himself under fire from three Union ironclads. He climbed up on a parapet to take the first combat photos of the war on Sept. 8, 1863."

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