Plate 23
President Lincoln on the Battlefield of Antietam.
Plate 28
Scouts and Guides to the Army of the Potomac.
Plate 72
Medical Supply Boat at the Landing.

Faithful Servants: the Administration of War

Gardner’s photographic studio in Washington, D.C., brought him into close contact with many important government officials. Allan Pinkerton was a personal friend of Gardner’s, and first hired the photographer as an agent of the Union Army’s Secret Service. Gardner began by making photographic reproductions of secret documents, later documenting battles through photographs. All the while, he maintained a thriving commercial trade in photography. He took thirty-seven portrait photographs of President Lincoln—more than any other photographer. Thus Gardner had a special knowledge of and appreciation for the Union’s “faithful servants” who worked quietly, but effectively alongside soldiers.

Plate 23 President Lincoln on the Battle-field of Antietam
Plate 28 Scouts and Guides to the Army of the Potomac.
Plate 72 Medical Supply Boat at the Landing

 



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Plate 28 Scouts and Guides to the Army of the Potomac. October, 1862. Photographed by Alexander Gardner

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