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Teaching Activities--Visual Evidence


Photo 1a: Union Dead near Peach Orchard.

[Photo 1a] with link to higher quality photo.
(Photo: Alexander Gardner. Gettysburg National Military Park)
Photo 1b: Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, Trostle House.
[Photo 1b] with link to higher quality photo.
(Photo: Alexander Gardner. Gettysburg National Military Park)

1. Can you find evidence in the readings that indicates any of the men mentioned had witnessed scenes like these?

2. The Civil War was the first war that was extensively recorded by photographers. How might these images affected the citizens who saw them?

3. What effect would the real views, rather than these photographed views, of the battlefield have had on veteran soldiers, new recruits, and officers in command? How might these images have influenced their readiness to obey orders in future battles, or the strength of their convictions?

4. How might the personal convictions of soldiers influence the outcome of a battle?

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