THE PETERSBURG PHOTOGRAPHS
David Knox, Photographer on the Petersburg Front
Kittens, Puppies & PoniesDavid Knox was a Brady assistant at the Washington D.C. studio during the first part of the war and was responsible for numerous images of the defenses and defenders of Washington. He left Brady and worked for Alexander Gardner when that photographer opened his own studio in 1864. Gardner included four of Knox's negatives in his Photographic Sketch Book of the War. At Petersburg in 1864, Knox attached himself to the IX Army Corps, in particular, Gen. Orlando Willcox's First Division. Willcox's staff included two officers who free-lanced as artists for Harpers Weekly and other illustrated newspapers-- Andrew McCallum and Francis Knowles. Two of Knox's most circulated photographs were of Willcox's headquarters where posed officers are gathered for a cock-fight. Knox was also noted for images showing the 13-inch mortar mounted on a rail car, known as the Dictator.