Farmscapes Of The Civil War: At the time of the American Civil War the vast number of citizens living on or around what would end up being the war's battlefields were engaged in an agrarian lifestyle. Farmers were already living a meager existence, having to deal with the regular hardships that go hand in hand with that occupation. When the war came along many of these Farmers lost farm hands and family members to the war effort. When the war was over many found that their crops, herds of animals along with barns and farmhouses were either heavily damaged or completely destroyed in some cases.
This project looks at what is left of these battlefield farms in the present day. In some cases the farms have been fully restored and even expanded while in many other cases the farmland was never farmed again after the war and much of it the land was not preserved but instead was developed for housing or shopping centers.
All images in the project are being created using large and medium format film cameras. Output from this project will eventually find its way into a book of the same name.
Images and words ©Gregg Obst. All rights reserved.