George Harper Houghton was among the few photographers who followed the army to record history as it happened during the Civil War. George H. Houghton was also H. H. Bennett’s uncle. It is through him Bennett first learned the photographic arts.
In 1861, as the Civil War consumed the attention of most of the people in this country, Houghton chose to leave his family and comforts of home to make pictures of Union Army soldiers near the fields of battle. For the first time in history citizens on the home front could view actual scenes from life – and sometimes death – in far-away camps and battlefields.
George H. Houghton: Civil War Cameraman will showcase many of Houghton’s Civil War images while delving deep into what photography and a soldier’s life was like during the time period.