Antietam, Md. President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general's tent; another view

Date:
Oct3, 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph depicts President Lincoln with Major General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac at Antietam. Lincoln and McClellan shared a complex relationship; Lincoln admired McClellan for his training and preparation of an army, but McClellan's deliberation and indecision tormented Lincoln. After Antietam, Lincoln replaced McClellan with Ambrose Burnside, and McClellan reappeared to challenge Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-01131
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Col. John S. Crocker, Lt. Col. Benjamin C. Butler, And Adjutant Of 93d New York Volunteers

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph shows Union officers relaxing during the Antietam Campaign. The Campaign, General Robert E. Lee's first advance across the Potomac River, saw both sides sustain heavy casualties, and Lee retreated after a tactical draw at Antietam.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-00281
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam Bridge

Date:
Sep1862
Publisher/Studio:
Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook

This image shows a bridge over Antietam Creek, near the town of Sharpsburg, MD. On September 17, 1862, Union forces desperately tried to cross Antietam Creek and overwhelm the Confederate forces. The Federals eventually succeeded, but the Confederates had held off long enough to avoid a decisive defeat at Antietam.

Location:
201 West Monument Street Baltimore,Maryland 21201
Identifier:
Z24.1933
Institution:
Maryland Historical Society

President Lincoln On Battlefield Of Antietam

Date:
Oct, 1862
Publisher/Studio:
Philip and Solomons, Publishers_Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook

This image captures a meeting between President Lincoln and his generals after the Battle of Antietam. Lincoln frequently changed commanding generals and demanded success from his military subordinates. In the first half of the war, it was rare for a Union commanding general to lead in consecutive battles.

Location:
201 West Monument Street Baltimore,Maryland 21201
Identifier:
Z24.2267
Institution:
Maryland Historical Society

Antietam, Md. Battlefield On The Day Of The Battle

Date:
Sep17, 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph shows the action below as the Union and Confederate armies clashed on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam is the single bloodiest day in American history.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-00307
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Confederate Dead By A Fence On The Hagerstown Road

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph captures the Confederate dead alongside the Hagerstown Turnpike. The road, which leads into Sharpsburg from the north, saw heavy fighting in the first hours of the battle, as General McClellan's Union Army of the Potomac attacked General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-01097
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Confederate Dead In A Ditch On The Right Wing Used As A Rifle Pit

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This Alexander Gardner photograph, taken after the Battle of Antietam, shows Confederate casualties in a rifle pit on the battlefield. The Confederate Army suffered over 10,000 casualties on September 17 alone.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-00240
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Allan Pinkerton ("e. J. Allen") Of The Secret Service On Horseback

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph shows Allan Pinkerton, a pioneer in intelligence collection, security, and espionage. Born in Scotland, Pinkerton served in the U.S. Army, and later worked as a bodyguard for President Lincoln. After the Civil War, Pinkerton expanded his detective service to investigate crime and secure banks and stagecoaches.

Description (physical):

Glass, wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-03855
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Seated: R. William Moore And Allan Pinkerton. Standing: George H. Bangs, John C. Babcock, And Augustus K. Littlefield

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph depicts Allan Pinkerton and some of his associates during the Antietam Campaign. Pinkerton, best known for his Pinkerton National Detective Agency that prospered after the war, also gained priase for foiling an assassination attempt on President Lincoln in 1861.

Description (physical):

Glass, stereograph; wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-00282
Institution:
Library of Congress

Antietam, Md. Blacksmith Shoeing Horses At Headquarters, Army Of The Potomac

Date:
September 1862
Creator:
Alexander Gardner, (1821-1882)

This photograph captures blacksmiths shoeing horses during the Antietam Campaign for General McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Not every enlisted man fought in the infantry; the army had specific needs for artisans.

Description (physical):

Glass, wet collodion

Location:
10 1st St SE Washington,District of Columbia 20003
Identifier:
LC-DIG-cwpb-04335
Institution:
Library of Congress