Tag Archives: Alexander Gardner

Did Alexander Gardner photograph Charles Tew’s corpse in the Sunken Road?

Charles Tew’s story is compelling. Daniel Harvey Hill called him “one of the most finished scholars on the continent, and had no superior as a soldier in the field.”(1) Indeed he was. Tew graduated first in his class from the … Continue reading

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Year In Review 2017: #6

Analysis of Civil War photographs and the era’s changing attitudes toward death are addressed in this informative and reflective blog post. Using some well-known photographs from Gettysburg battlefield, the author discusses the history surrounding the images.

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Book Review: “Shooting Lincoln: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century”

Across the street from Ford’s Theatre and next to the Petersen House in Washington, D.C. there’s a museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. The centerpiece of that museum is a three-and-a-half story tower of books written about the 16th president … Continue reading

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Alexander Gardner and the Good Death

Of the thousands of Civil War photographs, only several truly iconic images exist that specialists and non-specialists alike immediately recognize. One such image is the subject of today’s post: Timothy O’Sullivan’s “The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg.” The scene … Continue reading

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Mr. Gardner and the Erosion of the “Good Death”

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes. Alexander Gardner’s images of the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam were the first serious attempts of their kind to document the true carnage of conflict. Prior to the … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11 and the Lesson of Antietam

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, many people spent the weekend declaring, “We should never forget.” Of course, we never should forget the tragedies of that day and the lessons we’ve learned as a result. But I can’t … Continue reading

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