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.

Date Made: 1862-05

Maker: Gardner, Alexander

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Virginia, Yorktown

Related Event: Civil War

Subject:

See more items in: Work and Industry: Photographic History, Gardner's Sketchbook, Military, Photography

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0711.0334.14Accession Number: 1986.0711Catalog Number: 1986.0711.0334.14

Object Name: albumen photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 3/4 in x 8 13/16 in; 17.145 cm x 22.43658 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-c297-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1294171

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