Archeology at Antietam
The Effect of Battle on an Agrarian Landscape:
Battlefield Images, Computer Visualization, and the Study of Cultural Landscapes
The Battle of Antietam was the first battlefield of the American Civil War to be extensively covered by cameramen soon after the fighting stopped. Alexander Gardner, working for Mathew Brady, took over 95 photographs in September and October 1862. The landscape-turned-battlefield was also sketched by some of the top newspaper artists of the time, including Alfred Waud, Edwin Forbes, and Frank Schell. Today, Antietam National Battlefield is one of the best preserved mid-nineteenth century rural landscapes left in the Eastern Theatre of the Civil War. For these reasons, Antietam was selected by National Park Service archeologists as an ideal laboratory to experiment with applying computer visualization technologies to the historical and archeological study of cultural landscapes.
Click on the images below to learn more about how archeologists reconstructed and visualized the historic landscape.