Albumen photograph, 6.75 x 9 in. on 12 x 14.25 in. mount. Stone Church, Centreville, Va. Negative, Barnard & Gibson: 1862; Positive, Alexander Gardner: Washington, DC, 1865. Titled, numbered, and dated on mount. Photograph published as Plate No. 4 in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, featuring ten soldiers, including one holding a bayonetted rifle upright and another who appeared to move during the exposure, creating a blurred effect.
The small village of Centreville shown here is situated on the road between Washington and Manassas. In July 1861, the Federal forces advanced along this road to meet the Confederate forces in the first large-scale encounter of the Civil War, the First Battle of Bull Run. The building on the right was known as Stone Church.
Photograph with some spotting and discoloration to edges. Mount with large rectangle of discoloration surrounding photograph, likely from previously existing mat. Mount with spotting and other discoloration at edges, with light wear to edges/corners.
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