Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sharpshooter Position At Gettysburg

In 2003, and 2005, I was able to visit Gettysburg and Antietam. In 2014 I returned to Gettysburg. My family and I love going there. As much as possible I like to take a picture from as close to the spot as the original photographer. Alexander Gardner, a Scottish immigrant, took many Civil War pictures and one of his most famous was the "Sharpshooters Nest". It was determined by William Frassanito that Gardner perpetrated a fraud. A dead Confederate soldier was dragged forty feet to the supposed sharpshooter position. At the time it wasn't considered unethical to stage or alter a photograph. Quite a few Civil War photographs have been staged. The second picture is one that I took with the help of my nephew Stephen Haffield. Many tourists saw what I was doing and did the same thing with their kids.
My Grandson Robbie in 2014 

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