Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War
By Tehrkot Media
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Antietam. Manassas. Gettysburg. These are battles that are forever etched in America’s memories. The man who captured some of the most horrific images during the War Between the States was Alexander Gardner, an intrepid Scotsman, a jeweler’s apprentice of Calvinist upbringing, a newspaper publisher, entrepreneur and photographer.
Gardner’s historically significant compilation of images, his Photographic Sketch Book of the War, is one of the most acclaimed photographic books ever published, and yet little known. Published in 1866 in two stunning volumes and with an original price tag of $150, only 200 copies were ever printed, with fewer than 14 remaining intact to this day. A complete set of the works sold at Christie's in 2009 for $92,500, beating the $40,000 - $60,000 pre-auction estimate.
As the nation remembers the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Conflict, our goal is to bring this work of art and these images back to life and to make it widely available to those around the country, as well as around the world, who share our love of photography as well as the history of this great country.
This app is a faithful re-publication of Gardner's 1866 masterpiece where you can enjoy:
· Alexander Gardner’s original introduction from 1866.
· Beautifully illustrated title page by renowned Civil War artist Alfred R. Waud.
· 100 Civil War images with accompanying captions written by Alexander Gardner between 1865-66, shortly after the cessation of hostilities.
· Biographies of photographer Alexander Gardner as well as acclaimed illustrator, Alfred R. Waud.
· Information on how photographers operated in the field during the early days of battlefield photography.
· Analysis of a number of Civil War photographs explaining how the photographers staged them in an effort to heighten the dramatic effect of the images, which captured the essence of the War.
* Disclaimer - This app is a faithful reproduction of an original version of this 1866 manuscript. We have left all spelling mistakes and/or other "inaccuracies" as is in order to provide a true accounting of this critically acclaimed tome. Also of note, the spelling of various words and locations has changed over the years as well, these have been left true to the 1866 copy as well.
About Tehrkot Media: named after Tarcote Swamp (pronounced TEHR-kote) near Manning, South Carolina, Tehrkot Media is an historic photographic records company dedicated to bringing both the history of photography as well as the history of the world to a wider eye. The name dates from the Revolutionary War when Francis Marion’s men were chasing Redcoats through the swamp. The story handed down is that one of the retreating British soldiers tore his coat, leaving a part on some briars and thorns - thus the original name Tear Coat Swamp.
This is a treasure! What a treat to be able to read the field notes made by Alexander Gardner as he traveled with the early secret service and the Union Army during the Civil War. The zoom function on this app allowed me to see details in Gardner's photos that I had previously missed. --Tracy Steen
This collection of civil war photos is easy to navigate, and full of interesting facts. Each photo can be enlarged with a push of a button, and the photo can be flipped to read the original caption for the photo.