Requiem- is a small sample of the 280 8x10 inch Ambrotypes and Glass Negatives that form a glasshouse. Please visit my "About" page for a full video explanation of the Wet Plate Collodion process. Each plate describes an event or personality through the 19th Century passtime of Tableauex Vivants. The theme is life along the Cape Fear River during the War. It was a place of Blockade Runners like Pembroke Jones and John Maffitt, the inspiration for Rhett Butler. There is the Spy, Rose O'Neal Greenhow, who was lost while running the blockade in a dress full of gold. Her backroom whispers changed the course of the War. The background is of massive Forts, Yellow Fever and always the River.
With the fall of Fort Fisher in January 1865, the river was forever closed. Wilmington fell a month later at the Battle of the Forks largely due to the fighting of the USCT portrayed in the Requiem glasshouse.
The Requiem glasshouse is in the permanent collection of the Cameron Art Museum.
The Museum sits on the Forks Battlefield.
Special thank go to all the living historians who with great kindness and passion collaborated with me on this project,
and of course to the Cameron Art Museum, Friends of Fort Fisher and Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Sites.
All images are Copyright Harry Taylor 2014.