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Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War

Cornell University Library's seven-millionth volume is an 1865 edition of Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, containing one-hundred original photographic prints, mounted on boards and accompanied by letterpress-printed captions. Thirty prints are presented at this Web site, which combines the best of historical photography, digitization, and hyperlinked navigation. The images are divided into seven thematic sections, or by selecting the Images link at the main page, titles of all thirty pictures are displayed in a table. Cropped versions are laid out on pages with the original captions, and full-sized images can be viewed by clicking. Some page layouts are striking; see _Pontoon Bridge Across the Rappahannock_ Virginia, May, 1863, in the Devastated by the Army section. Despite their grim subjects - _A Harvest of Death_ Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1863, shows dead Union soldiers on the battlefield - many of the photographs are quite beautiful.
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