THE PETERSBURG PHOTOGRAPHS
John Reekie was a photographer for the Quartermaster Corps. A biography on the St. Andrews University website states, "John Reekie b. about 1829 fl in 1882 Appears in US census, 1860, living in 7th Ward Washington City, aged 31, born in Scotland. Associate of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, qv. His work appears in AG 's Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War, 1866. He figures in a group photograph with AG, 'Officers of the St Andrews Society ', illustrated in D. Mark Katz, Witness to an Era. He was a Freemason, and one of the committee to 'consider and report proper action in regard to the death of our late Brother [ie Alexander Gardner] ' in 1882 Lit: Joseph M Wilson, A Eulogy on the Life and Character of Alexander Gardner..., Lebanon Lodge, Washington, 1883; D. Mark Katz, Witness to an Era. The Life and Photographs of Alexander Gardner, Viking, New York, 1991, p. 231."
LC 00475. "[James River, Va. Point where Army of the Potomac crossed in June 1864 (Wyanoke Wharf?)]" The label is likely spurious. The image shows a corduroy road crossing a flooded stream, a stockaded camp on the right, and a lone rider. In the distance is a long, low ridge. Photograph by John Reekie.