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    "The War in the West." 1864 photo (half of a stereograph) by George N. Barnard. Atlanta Intelligencer newspaper office by the railroad depot. Exposure times were so long that anyone walking appears only as an ectoplasmic blur (enlarges to show more detail)


    Shorpy Historical Photo 1864 Exposure times were so long that anyone walking appears only as an ectoplasmic blur. Note tents in background and troop train with soldiers atop the boxcarsArchive :: Ghosts of Atlanta: 1864 (Click twice for great detail )

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WOW, this is an 1864 negative colorized in the 21st century....Previously published here on Shorpy. The site is now the Five Points MARTA rail station on Peachtree Street. Interestingly, there were no black soldiers in the Georgia campaign, suggesting that this was a staged shot. Nevertheless, the effect is still jarring.