Monday, September 12, 2011

View of Richmond from Belle Isle - 1865

Here's an amazing shot for this fine Monday morning, a completely treeless view of downtown Richmond from the top of the hill on Belle Isle in 1865. If you look just to the left of center on the horizon in the distance, you can see the state capitol building. This was taken after the end of the Civil War, although it's hard to see the burned district, even on the hi-rez version of this photo. You can see the remains of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad bridge though, off to the right, above the cannon.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress

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