Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph
Group of Free Blacks in Richmond
Free Blacks pose along the canal in Richmond after that city's fall to Union troops in April 1865. The shell of a building can be seen in the background. Fleeing Confederate soldiers set fire to tobacco warehouses and the ensuing conflagration destroyed nine-tenths of the business district. This glass-plate image was made by the renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner.