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Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War
Title Page

The lithograph illustration is signed by A. R. Ward, but has since been ascribed to Alfred R. Waud, one of the most famous illustrators of battle scenes during the war. His work was frequently published in Harper’s Weekly.

The title page and accompanying caption read:

Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War
Published by Philp & Solomons, Washington, D. C.

In presenting the PHOTOGRAPHIC SKETCH BOOK OF THE WAR to the attention of the public, it is designed that it shall speak for itself. The omission, therefore, of any remarks by way of preface might well be justified; and yet, perhaps, a few introductory words may not be amiss.

As mementoes of the fearful struggle through which the country has just passed, it is confidently hoped that the following pages will possess an enduring interest. Localities that would scarcely have been known, and probably never remembered, save in their immediate vicinity, have become celebrated, and will ever be held sacred as memorable fields, where thousands of brave men yielded up their lives a willing sacrifice for the cause they had espoused.

Verbal representations of such places, or scenes, may or may not have the merit of accuracy; but photographic presentments of them will be accepted by posterity with an undoubting faith. During the four years of the war, almost every point of importance has been photographed, and the collection from which these views have been selected amounts to nearly three thousand.

 


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Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (Washington: Philp & Solomons, 1865-66). Title Page, Volume I

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