Plate 14. Battery No. 4, Near Yorktown

Description
Text and photograph from Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War, Vol. II. Negative by Wood & Gibson, text and positive by Alexander Gardner.
This represents one of the batteries planted for the bombardment of Yorktown. In places subjected to mortar fire, the men construct bomb proofs, and place a sentinel on the watch, to give warning of the approach of a shell, and enable every man to seek shelter till the explosion of the missile. If the bombardment is continuous, the troops remain under cover, unless absolutely required to man the works, The mortars of Battery No. 4 were of thirteen inch caliber, and required great labor to place them in position. As the fire of mortars is entirely a work of calculation, it is not necessary for the gunners to see the object against which the shells are directed, and accounts for the position of this Battery under the high bank.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
albumen photograph
date made
1862-05
maker
Gardner, Alexander
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 3/4 in x 8 13/16 in; 17.145 cm x 22.43658 cm
place made
United States: Virginia, Yorktown
ID Number
1986.0711.0334.14
accession number
1986.0711
catalog number
1986.0711.0334.14
subject
Photography
Military
Gardner's Sketchbook
event
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Gardner's Sketchbook
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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