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Winter 1863-1864

By the winter of 1863-1864 the American Civil War was entering it’s third year and there seemed to be no end in sight.  As the armies went into their winter camps the soldiers and the public at large were growing tired of the war.

The conflict that many predicted would last at most a couple of months had dragged on.  But at the beginning of 1864 the country would need to steel itself –  for the harshest and bloodiest fighting of the war was still to come.


The gulf between the antagonists had become impassable….and the South saw one hope on the horizon.  In the coming year the Northern people were going to have a presidential election.  “If by November, the northern people had been made to feel that the war was too painful and discouraging to carry on any longer, they would vote Mr. Lincoln out of the White House.  Then there might be an independent Confederacy.”*

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  1. Joe Sherfy #

    I believe I recognize the Sherfy house and barn in the winter photo. At least it looks like it. Can you confirm that for me? I notice you posted one other photo back in July with the Sherfy house in it. If you have anymore photos I would love to see them and possibly purchase them. If this is the Sherfy house it would be fun to share this with my relatives. Great stuff.

    March 1, 2014
    • Joe,

      Hello, hope all is well. The Sherfy House is featured in that photo at the top of the blog post. That image and the other winter photos were taken back in January during winter storm JANUS. The battlefield, as you can see, was completely transformed in the storm. Joe, you and your family should certainly have copies of this work. I have at least two nice pinhole camera images of the house and farm. If you would cover the cost of printing and shipping I would gladly send those to you. Please let me know and thanks for your continued interest in this project.

      March 1, 2014
      • Joe Sherfy #

        That’s very kind of you. My address is 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd, B1 Austin, Tx 78759. If would be willing to part with a jpg of the photos I would love to post them on a Sherfy Facebook page. Again I would be happy to pay your costs. Just let me know what they are and I can send you a check. Or let me know the best way to pay you. This is such a wonderful project you’ve undertaken.

        March 1, 2014
      • Joe, I will send you the jpegs but the prints of these images are really something…the subtleties of the pinhole camera, i find, can sometimes be diminished on the web. The prints are soft and contemplative… shipping cost would be around $35.prints would be $40 each for 8x10s… When posting the images on Facebook please include the blog address so folks can find the rest of this work, please let me know if that works for you.

        March 1, 2014

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