The Army Called it Home
Since the dawn of civilization, man has graphically recorded the world of soldiers. Images of victorious commanders and thier armies engaged in the wars of empiers have been common themes of artists illustrating great national events in bas-relief, paintings, prints, and other similar mediums. Since these rederings were usually created to serve as a visual narratives recounting important moments on the battlefield, they offer historians an extremely limited view of the total environment of a professional soldier. Exteriors and, most importantly, the interiors of military support structures erected to house, feed, supply, and heal were usually of little general interest and largely went undocumented for posterity until the third quarter of the nineteenth century. By this time, a new technology, photography, turned its eye upon the places where viual record had been largely confined to individual memory.