Civil War memorials aren't supposed to be history, but how we remember history. With enough passage of time, however, the memorials dominate the meaning of the land. Who among us can genuinely relate to events from 150 years ago? This project investigates the obtrusive role that Civil War monuments play in shaping our interpretation of historical events at four battlefields in the Mid-Atlantic: Gettysburg, Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
This project was shot in 2006-2007 as part of my MFA thesis project. In the years since, the debate about the role of these memorials in society - how we remember or create history - has swelled in importance.