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Military engineering near Richmond

(PONTOON BRIDGE.) Photographer unidentified. Pontoon bridges across the James River at Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, 1865

Albumen print (8 ⅛ x 10 ⅜ in.), unmounted. Some creasing, minor toning and a very short closed tear at top. Framed.

This rare photograph shows two parallel pontoon bridges stretching across the James River at Richmond, Virginia, near war’s end. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed these bridges after retreating Confederate forces burned the bridges in 1865. The Dunlop Mills are seen on the other side of the river.

We have located only the example at the National Archives, which provides the identification for this view.

$1,800