Steroview of Confederate Water Batteries on James River - Inventory Number: ALB 063
No. 1062 Obstruction in the James below Fort Drury. Sunken Side-Wheel Steamer, Spiling, & c., & C.
From the Gallery of Alex Gardner, Photographer to the Army of the Potomac.
Negative produced by camp photographer William Frank Browne, who worked for the 5th Michigan Cavalry, part of Custer's Michigan brigade, following the end of his two-year enlistment with the 15th Vermont in August 1863. Alexander Gardner hired Browne to do contract work from 1864-1865, and in May 1865, Major General Henry H. Abbot assigned Browne to photograph the James River water batteries around Richmond. Following the war, Gardner published 120 of Browne's negatives as "View of Confederate Water Batteries on the James River."
Inventory Number: ALB 063