Tag Archives: Alexander Gardner

ECW Weekender: Closing Devil’s Den and Little Round Top

Time is running out for you to visit two of the most awe-inspiring sites at Gettysburg-Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. The National Park Service (NPS) plans to close Devil’s Den on Monday, March 21, 2022, for approximately six months. … Continue reading

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The Invasion of Ukraine and the U.S. Civil War: Comparative Watersheds in Portraying War

Like many others, I have been captivated by the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian people’s desire and resolve to maintain their independence has been a source of inspiration for many and has stirred global actors, ranging from … Continue reading

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“One of those incidents characteristic of war,” along the North Anna

I’ve been finalizing this week the much-delayed updates to Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River. (Finally! You’re welcome to read about my woes with the book here.) “The North Anna is an exceedingly picturesque river, abounding … Continue reading

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“Effect of a Shell on a Confederate”

A few weeks ago, as Brad Gottfried and I were looking through images for his upcoming Emerging Civil War Series book Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg, I came across one particularly grisly image among the many photos archived at the Library … Continue reading

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The Collapse of a Battlefield Landmark: Antietam’s Middle Bridge

Whether they are well-studied or just passersby, both sets of visitors alike typically want to ensure they see one thing during their visit to Antietam National Battlefield: the Burnside bridge. And why not? The stories there are compelling, it is … Continue reading

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Writing “Antietam National Battlefield” for the Images of America Series

157 years ago, photographers Alexander Gardner and James Gibson first exposed their camera’s lens to the Antietam battlefield. The scene was still raw–Union soldiers and their campfires behind the Army of the Potomac’s lines. Once the Confederate army vacated its … Continue reading

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Benning’s Breastworks at the Burnside Bridge

People visiting the Antietam battlefield often wonder why the Confederate defenders did not entrench or build breastworks to strengthen their positions. After all, Antietam’s landscape is not marred by miles of trenches and extant earthworks. “Why not?” they wonder. Answering … Continue reading

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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 [who] had no superior as a soldier in the field.”(1) Indeed he was. Tew graduated first in his class from … 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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