Civil War

Photography
6:40 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Re-tracing the steps of a Civil War photographer on the anniversary of Antietam

Alexander Gardner captured the Confederate dead along the Hagerstown Pike at Antietam. One hundred fifty years later, sorghum lines what is now a paved road.
Todd Harrington and Alexander Gardner Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 10:31 am

Today's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam got us thinking: What if Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner could revisit some of the original sites he photographed? If he used his equipment today, what would the images look like? That is: How have the landscapes changed — or stayed the same?

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