A SNAPSHOT IN THE WAR REGION
Another remarkable example of the results
achieved by the old collodion process photographers which are quite indistinguishable from
the instantaneous photographs of the present day. Although taken under the
necessity of removing and replacing the lens cap, this negative has successfully
caught the waterfall and the Federal cavalryman's horse which has been ridden to
the stream for a drink. The picture was taken at Hazel Run, Virginia, above the
pontoon bridge constructed for the crossing of the Federal troops. During the
advances and retreats, while the Federal armies were maneuvering for position,
the photographers were frequently at a loss for material. At such times, true to
the professional instinct, they kept in practice by making such views as this.
Less important from the strictly military viewpoint, these splendid specimens of
landscape photography give us a clear conception of the character of the country
over which the Federal and Confederate armies passed and repassed during the
stirring period of the war.