I've had to cut back my United States Civil War Sunday posts due to family obligations, as they take a lot of time to research. But, today, I wanted to share something with you.
Online, recently, there has been a trend - dare I call it a meme? - to recreate photographs of the past. Some take old photos of their childhood and pose, as adults in the same places, in the same positions. Others take historical photos, and go back to the site to photograph what is there now.
This photographer from the British paper The Guardian went to Civil War sites (1861-1865) and photographed them as they appear today.
This is how he did it.
As you view each old photo, it dissolves into the photo of the same site today.
I've been to several of these sites - Ft. Sumter (where the war began), Antietam, Washington, DC, Gettysburg. Viewing these photos, for me, is an emotional experience although none of my ancestors fought in the war. My ancestors dd not come to the United States until the early 20th century but the Civil War, I sometimes feel, is embedded in my DNA.
Whether you are interested in the Civil War, or just history in general, this site is a must-view.
Have you ever tried to recreate historical photos?