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Addressing Gettysburg

Dec 27, 2020

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From Scott Hartwig:
"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.'"
Scott 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. 
As 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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