• Cannon and Cornfield at Dawn

    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Historic Photographs by Alexander Gardner

historic camera

Alexander Gardner took 70 photographs of the battlefield starting just two days after the battle. This was the first time an American battlefield had ever been photographed before the dead had been buried. Gardner returned in early October when President Lincoln visited General George McClellan and the Army of the Potomac and took another series of images. Gardner, 41 years old at the time of the battle, was employed by Mathew Brady who owned of a photography gallery in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War.

Below is an image gallery of Gardner's Antietam images. Each image has been digitally enhanced and cropped. You can go to the Library of Congress web site and download the originals. To learn more about Alexander Gardner and his work at Antietam click here.

 

Did You Know?

Nelson Miles during the Civil War

Colonel Nelson Miles of the 64th New York Infantry was a volunteer officer at Antietam and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Chancellorsville. After the Civil War he remained in the Army and by the Spanish American War in 1898 he was the Commanding General of the U.S. Army.