Thomas Farm, Monocacy National Battlefield

The main barn on the 261 acre Thomas Farm on the grounds of the Monocacy National Battlefield outside Frederick, Maryland.  During the Battle of Monocacy, on July 9, 1864 the farm, then owned by Christian Keefer Thomas, saw some of the heaviest fighting.  The farm was caught between Union and Confederate lines and both the barn and farmhouse were captured, lost and re-captured by both sides.  During the battle the Thomas family took refuge in the farmhouse basement. 

In August of that same year Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant stayed with the Thomas family and used their home to hold a "council of war." During that meeting, Grant confirmed with General Phil Sheridan a plan to secure and destroy Confederate resistance in the Shenandoah; a plan that Sheridan carried out in the fall of 1864.  The Thomas Farm was acquired by the National Park Service in 2001.  

From my ongoing "Farmscapes of the Civil War" book project which in 2017 will be in its third year of shooting.

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
210mm F6.3 Rodenstock Geronar lens in Copal BT shutter. Yellow/Green filter on lens. 
Ilford FP4+ B&W film, shot at ISO 100. 
1/15th second at F45. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders with ANR glass.
Scanned image cropped to 12:6 ratio (1/2 4x5 negative size.