Part of Construction Corps Building New Military Truss Bridge Across Bull Run

Egbert Guy Fowx  (American, born 1821)

Date :April 1863 Medium: Salted paper print from glass negative

Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Denise and Andrew Saul Gift, 2005.

In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, Fowx left his portrait studio in Baltimore, Maryland, and joined Mathew Brady’s corps of photographers documenting the War Between the States. In 1863, along with many other cameramen, he would leave Brady’s employ to work exclusively for Alexander Gardner, Brady’s former studio manager. This photograph is typical of Fowx’s wartime photographs and shows engineering repairs on the famous Orange & Alexandria Railroad bridge over Bull Run creek, near Union Mills, Virginia. Credit: The Met Museum

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