Granite State Stories: Henry P. Moore documents the Civil War

  • “Bandmaster, 3rd N.H.,” Hilton Head, S.C., 1862, photographed by Henry P. Moore (1835–1911) of Concord. Moore captured rare images of interactions between troops stationed in South Carolina, as well as images of deserted, soon-to-be-freed slaves. N.H. Historical Society

Friday, November 03, 2017

During the Civil War, photographer Henry P. Moore left his home in Concord and traveled to the war zone in search of professional opportunities. He followed the Third New Hampshire Regiment to Hilton Head, S.C., where he set up a portable gallery and studio.

Moore photographed a range of subjects including buildings, federal warships and island scenery, but he is most noted for his portraits of soldiers and slaves. His work depicts soldiers passing the time, reading, writing letters or playing baseball. He also made some of the earliest photographs of slave life in the Deep South.

The Confederate Army and white residents had fled the region, leaving behind approximately 10,000 slaves. They continued to work the land, providing sweet potatoes and cotton to feed and clothe the Union soldiers.

N.H. Historical Society