Civil War Spectators

Visiting Gettysburg and other Civil War battle sites and reenactments, I learned that during many battles, the citizens of local towns would go out as spectators to watch the skirmishes.  I captured this photo at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Hale Farm and Village annual Civil War reenactment.

Civil War battle spectators.

These two women accurately reenacted that practice by going out into the pasture with a sun umbrella, in the pouring rain, to watch the battle.  I was there for the most part to capture photos of the military reenactors and was rather surprised to see them walk across the pasture and sit down not too far from me in the waist high weeds.  They made for a wonderful photographic subject.

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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6 Responses to Civil War Spectators

  1. Barb says:

    What a fantastic photo. It tells another story of the war, doesn’t it. ?


  2. Bonnie says:

    I happen to be one of those women; the other woman in the photo happened upon this beautiful shot searching Google Images. Thank you for capturing such a wonderful memory for the two of us.


  3. Rob McLernon says:

    Thank you for the great shot of us as the cannon crew firing do you have any additional shots we would love to publish them on our website


    • Hello Rob, I will check and see but I don’t think so. As you can see I was on the other side of the meadow and of the fence! I may have some of one of the crews practicing before the battle. If I do I will let you know. Thanks for your comment!


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