Shortly after Federal troops occupied Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1864, George Barnard - a photographer doing contract work for the U.S. Army - was summoned from Nashville to document fortifications the Confederates had built to defend the city. In the process, he took a series of photos and stereographs of the city itself. It is the almost the only record we have of what the city looked like before it's destruction on Nov. 14, 1864.
This presentation is the result of an intense study of those photographs and an ongoing quest to recreate what was lost. I have uncovered many details in these photographs, including a few things either have never been before noticed or explained in sufficient detail.
This panoramic view from Whitehall Street represents one of those efforts. After studying some of Barnard's stereographs of Atlanta, it became clear to me that many of them could be stitched together using modern Photoshop methods to recreate views which had not been seen since before the Civil War.
The current presentation represents everything that I
have learned over several months. I am still researching, but have frankly
come to an end of what limited resources can produce. By publishing this information
on the web, I hope to hear from other scholars who can answer the unanswered
questions and provide new information.