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Alexander Gardner

Lincoln at Gettysburg: 1863

Lincoln at Gettysburg: 1863

        "President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication. Examination of the image in 2007 by members of the Center for Civil War Photography indicates that Lincoln may be visible in the crowd when viewed through magnification."

-- Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

November 19, 1863. "Dedication of Monument at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania." Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

After Antietam: 1862

After Antietam: 1862

September 1862. "Antietam, Maryland. Confederate dead by a fence on the Hagerstown road." The first major battle of the Civil War on Union territory was fought 150 years ago this month. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Commissary Clerks: 1863

Commissary Clerks: 1863

February 1863. "Aquia Creek Landing, Virginia. Group of Commissary clerks." Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Hanging Together: 1865

Hanging Together: 1865

July 7, 1865. "Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing." Lincoln assassination conspirators Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold and George Atzerodt shortly after their execution at Fort McNair. Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Conspirator: 1865

Conspirator: 1865

April 1865. "Washington Navy Yard, David E. Herold, Lincoln assassination conspirator." This 22-year-old accomplice of John Wilkes Booth was executed by hanging on July 7, 1865. Glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

The Great Emancipators: 1863

The Great Emancipators: 1863

Aquia Creek Landing, Virginia, circa 1863. "Federal Army. Clerks of the Commissary Depot by railroad car and packing cases." A somewhat unsettling scene. Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Abraham Lincoln: 1865

Abraham Lincoln: 1865

February 5, 1865. "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil." Glass transparency; photograph by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 
 
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