Culpeper Court House Street Scene
Original Author: Timothy H. O'Sullivan
Created: August 1862
Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Culpeper Court House Street Scene

Union soldiers and a wounded African American relax near a cooking fire, while African American women stand and sit in the background of this photograph taken in Culpeper Court House in mid-August 1862. This was one of a series of images made by famed photographer Timothy O'Sullivan in the aftermath of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, which had taken place nearby on August 9, 1862. Less than two weeks after the battle, Union forces were forced to evacuate Culpeper County on the arrival of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.