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In Search of the Lost Confederate Graveyard: The Last Civil War Correspondent Enters the Field

In Search of the Lost Confederate Graveyard: The Last Civil War Correspondent Enters the Field PHOTO ESSAY ...................... In Search of the Lost Confederate Graveyard The Last Civil War Correspondent Enters the Field photographs by Charlie Curtis It would be a two-mile trek through the seldom traveled woods outside Front Royal, Virginia, and it could easily result in a futile search for something no more than myth. As a known regional photographer, Curtis had been tipped by locals to a setting that, he said, "brought to mind the truly amazing." Hopeful, eager-- and wary, too, of the disappointment he would experience if he could not find the fabled place--Curtis set out into the cold and gray countryside one day last winter in search of a lost cemetery for Confederate soldiers. His journey began with the typical false starts you might expect from a trail marked by memories and hearsay, but then the woods suddenly seemed to calibrate itself to his journey. He found what he estimated to be a 140-year-old tree. If he was right about its age, it had been a sapling during the Civil War. He stopped to photograph its crown and then ventured on, believing he had discovered, in the ways of these Virginia woods, the first marker on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

In Search of the Lost Confederate Graveyard: The Last Civil War Correspondent Enters the Field

Southern Cultures , Volume 9 (1)

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PHOTO ESSAY ...................... In Search of the Lost Confederate Graveyard The Last Civil War Correspondent Enters the Field photographs by Charlie Curtis It would be a two-mile trek through the seldom traveled woods outside Front Royal, Virginia, and it could easily result in a futile search for something no more than myth. As a known regional photographer, Curtis had been tipped by locals to a setting that, he said, "brought to mind the truly amazing." Hopeful, eager-- and wary, too, of the disappointment he would experience if he could not find the fabled place--Curtis set out into the cold and gray countryside one day last winter in search of a lost cemetery for Confederate soldiers. His journey began with the typical false starts you might expect from a trail marked by memories and hearsay, but then the woods suddenly seemed to calibrate itself to his journey. He found what he estimated to be a 140-year-old tree. If he was right about its age, it had been a sapling during the Civil War. He stopped to photograph its crown and then ventured on, believing he had discovered, in the ways of these Virginia woods, the first marker on the

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

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