PHOTO BY ALEXANDER GARDNER
A Confederate soldier lies dead on the Gettysburg battlefield.
These photographs taken by Alexander Gardner have been exposed as staged images--the dead soldier’s body was moved and the scene rearranged for each photograph. Gardner transported the body to a second location and twisted the corpse’s head to face the camera. The gun is also a prop gun, arranged in the photograph.
- Read the Library of Congress' investigation into this incident
Image copyright Alexander Gardner. Images courtesy of the Library of Congress and Art Resource.