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…
“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 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…
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…