"During my 31 years with the
National Park Service at Gettysburg NMP it has remained a mystery
where Alexander Gardner took his famous series of photographs of
Union dead on the battlefield. Gardner seemingly offered a
clue when he labeled one of the images in his 1863 catalog of
photographs as a 'View in the field on the right wing where General
Reynolds fell.' There were two stereo views of the same image
but their captions did not mention Reynolds. One read, 'View
in the field on right wing,' and the other, 'Federal soldiers as
they fell.' Gardner also shot two other images of this same
grouping of soldiers from a different camera position. He
labeled these 'A Harvest of Death,' and 'Evidence of how severe the
contest had been on the right.'"
kindly sat down with Bob and I to discuss the three articles he
wrote for GNMP's blog back in 2011. No one has been able to figure
out where these famous photographs were taken. Even the Godfather
of the field of Gettysburg photography, William Frassanito. In
fact, the two photos in question (see attached) were the two photos
that Mr. Frassanito said he couldn't place. After years of trying
to figure it out, Scott Hartwig thinks he may have found the
place.He says he's 98% sure, but is open to compelling evidence to
the contrary should it ever present itself.
always, we had a fun time talking with Scott as you'll be able to
tell as soon as the show begins.
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photos in question. I HIGHLY recommend that you print them out and
come to Gettysburg to do your own investigation.