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Alexander Gardner

Gallego Mills: 1865

Gallego Mills: 1865

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "Ruins of Gallego Mills." A water wheel in the Gallego flour mill on the James River after its destruction in the Great Fire of 1865, which consumed most of the buildings in Richmond's business district. Wet-plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Antietam: 1862

Antietam: 1862

Sepetember 1862. Antietam, Maryland. "Confederate soldier who after being wounded had evidently dragged himself to a little ravine on the hillside where he died." Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Antietam: 1862

Antietam: 1862

Allan Pinkerton ("E.J. Allen") of the Secret Service on horseback. Antietam, Maryland, main eastern theater of the war, September-October 1862. Glass negative (wet collodion). View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Gettysburg: 1863

Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. Dead Confederate sharpshooter at the foot of Round Top. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Time to Die: July 7, 1865

Time to Die: July 7, 1865

Gen. John F. Hartranft reading the death warrant to the four condemned Lincoln assassination conspirators (Mrs. Surratt, Payne, Herold, Atzerodt) on the scaffold at Fort McNair, Washington. July 7, 1865. View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner. More execution photos at GhostCowboy.

 

Lewis Payne: 1865

Lewis Payne: 1865

Lewis Payne, seated and manacled, at the Washington Navy Yard about the time of his 21st birthday in April 1865, three months before he was hanged as one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner, probably taken aboard the ironclad U.S.S. Montauk or Saugus.

 

Triptych: Condemned to Death

Triptych: Condemned to Death

Three views of Lewis Payne (a.k.a. Lewis Powell) in April 1865, three months before his execution by hanging, wearing the same sweater. View full size. Photographs (wet collodion, glass plate) by Alexander Gardner.

 
 
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