Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pontoon bridges across James River at Richmond - April 1865

Today's picture comes from the tail end of the American Civil War. I love the detail in this picture, so I included a few close ups. You can see them at the bottom of the page.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

The caravan across the James River:

The guards:

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress


  1. LOVE this...thanks for posting.

  2. Any idea what part of the James this is? I can't tell if that's Tredegar in the background. Thanks.

  3. I'm not totally sure, but I was thinking it was looking South across the river.

  4. this is super cool. thanks for posting! i always love the photos you find.

  5. Look at the size of those pine timbers!

  6. The tall buildings near the other end of this bridge are the Dunlop Mills, which burned in 1949. This is indeed taken from the north side of the river, looking south. The pontoon bridge was close to where the Mayo (Fourteenth Street) bridge is today. The Southern States building and part of the flood wall currently occupy the site of the mills.