Commodore Dead.

A.J. Russell4/1/1864

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The wreck of the Commodore,seen herelying on its side like a toy thrown aside by a temperamental child, was one of innumerable Civil War disasters. Confederate forces regularly tore up railroad tracks in their efforts to impede the movements of the Union Army. To the left of the image, behind the derailed engine, a number of figures stand about, probably assessing the damage.

The American Civil War holds the distinction of being the first war that was routinely photographed, but such record-keeping was not limited to documenting battlefields. Andrew Joseph Russell photographed many train wrecks and other war-related scenes.

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  • Title: Commodore Dead.
  • Creator: A.J. Russell
  • Date: 4/1/1864
  • Physical Dimensions: 13.3 x 20.2 cm (5 1/4 x 7 15/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.XM.6.11
  • Inscription: Inscription: Printed title.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs