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Shattered caisson and dead horse, Gettysburg
Shattered caisson and dead horse, Gettysburg
Resource Typeimage
TitleShattered caisson and dead horse, Gettysburg
Coverage / YearJuly 1863
DescriptionPhotograph b/w
InterpretationThis photograph, taken in the "Peach Orchard" at Gettysburg battlefield, shows that not only humans suffered the consequences of battle. During the battle, one Union artillery battery lost 65 of its 88 horses at Gettysburg. A caisson is intended to transport ammunition, and carries two chests. It has a stock like that on the gun carriage, terminating in a lunette, so that it can be hooked to a limber (basically a two-wheeled cart, simply an axle, with its wheels, surmounted by a framework for holding an ammunition chest and receiving the tongue) for transportation.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAntebellum Society and the Civil War; Civil War - Matthew Brady Photos; Civil War Battle Cubes; Photographing War
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorBrady, Matthew B., 1823-1896
SourceThe Real American Tragedy, by Homsey-Simon Production Company, 149 p., 1952, (p.89)
Subject / KeywordsUnited States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Gettysburg Campaign, 1863; Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863; Caissons; Civil War
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library
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Resource Identifierbrady12.jpg
CONTENTdm file name4372221612003_brady12.jpg
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