• Alexander Gardner: Pioneer Chronicler of War

    Alexander Gardner: Pioneer Chronicler of War

    "It is designed to speak for itself. As mementos of the fearful struggle through which the country has just passed, it is confidently hoped that it will possess an enduring interest." Alexander Gardner on his Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War. Born in Paisley, Scotland in 1821, Gardner was the edi...

  • Attitudes Toward Death

    Attitudes Toward Death

    The Impact of Photography During the American Civil War on Our National Psyche By Terry L. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Thanatology, Hood College, Frederick, MD Images are pictures. In our culture pictures have become tools used to elicit specific and planned emotional reactions in...

The Exhibit

The Exhibit

Bringing the Story of War to Our Doorsteps
Rediscovering Alexander Gardner’s Antietam Photographs
“Every war begins as one war and becomes two, that watched by civilians and that fought by soldiers.”
Gerald E. Linderman, Embattled Courage, 1987, on the Civil War.

 

Bringing the story of the war fought…

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Alexander Gardner Burial Site

Alexander Gardner Burial Site

Alexander Gardner is buried alongside his wife, mother, and three children at Glenwood Cemetery in Washington DC…

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Alexander Gardner's Gallery in DC

Alexander Gardner's Gallery in DC

In late 1862 or early 1863 Alexander Gardner stopped working for Mathew Brady and opened his own gallery in Washington DC. This gallery was located on the corner of 7th and D Sts. N.W. This was just down the street from Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office.

Unfortunately, the…

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Alexander Gardner: Pioneer Chronicler of War

Alexander Gardner: Pioneer Chronicler of War

“It is designed to speak for itself. As mementos of the fearful struggle through which the country has just passed, it is confidently hoped that it will possess an enduring interest.”
Alexander Gardner on his Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War.

Born in Paisley, Scotland in 1821, Gardner was…

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The Victorian Cemetery

The Victorian Cemetery

The Victorian Cemetery and Death in Civil War America
By June Hadden Hobbs, Ph.D., Prof. of English., Gardner-Webb University

By the beginning of the Civil War, death in America had undergone a sea change. Philippe Ariès has called the nineteenth century the “Era of the Beautiful Death…

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Attitudes Toward Death

Attitudes Toward Death

The Impact of Photography During the American Civil War on Our National Psyche
By Terry L. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Thanatology, Hood College, Frederick, MD

Images are pictures. In our culture pictures have become tools used to elicit specific and planned emotional reactions in the people…

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