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Lincoln At Antietam

Written by: George Chittenden : 17 Oct 2019

This interesting photo was taken in Oct, 1862 and features Abraham Lincoln standing with several officers outside a tent close to the battle-field of Antietam. Lincoln isn’t the only famous face in this image. Can you see the man who is wearing a cowboy hat and looking at the camera? That man is of course, George Armstrong Custer.

Lincoln and several officers close to the battle-field of Antietam.

Lincoln and several officers close to the battle-field of Antietam.

This image was captured by Alexander Gardner, a Scottish photographer who had immigrated to the United States in 1856. Gardner became a photographer under General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac and photographed the Battle of Antietam. Interestingly Gardner received criticism in 1961 when the Civil War Times magazine compared several of Gardner's Gettysburg photos showing "two" dead Confederate snipers and realized that the same body had been photographed in two separate locations! It turned out that Gardner and his assistants had dragged the sniper's body 40 yards in order to create a better image.

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