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George Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign

Collection number: ahc.VIS453

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 22 prints of Barnard’s photographs as he traveled with General Sherman's United States Army. Battlegrounds featured in the collection include Kennesaw, Atlanta, Resaca, Allatoona, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The prints were included in a larger collection published in Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign.


  • 1864

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Coventry, Connecticut, in 1819, George Barnard (1819-1902) was the youngest child of Norman Barnard (1778-1826) and Grace Badger (1783-1859). After the death of Norman in 1826, the family moved to Auburn, New York. In 1832, his sister Pauline (1811-1890) married David Gaskill (1809-1866). When he was 12 years old, Pauline became Barnard's primary caretaker and in 1833 the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 1842, he moved north to Sauquoit, New York and married Sarah Jane Hodge. They had one daughter, Mary Grace Gilbert (1848-1923).

Between August 1845 and September 1846, Barnard briefly joined the hotel business with Grover Wormer. Barnard's first use of the daguerreotype was in 1846, the same year he opened his studio in Oswego, New York. Between 1864 and 1865, Barnard accompanied General William T. Sherman’s United States Army through Georgia, known as the Atlanta Campaign. Barnard photographed several of these battlegrounds, which he later published in an 1866 book titled Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign.


22 black and white photographic print(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1982

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This collection was previously cataloged as BRD.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed in 2023.

George Barnard's Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign
Kristen Thomas
September 2023
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305