Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan, and Others, Albumen Photo, Lincoln and His Generals at Antietam


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This famous photo shows Abraham Lincoln (a head taller than anyone else) standing with his left hand on a chair back to steady him. 

Taken by Alexander Gardner at Antietam, Md., on 3 Oct. 1862, whence Lincoln had gone to confer with McClellan and urge him to attack Robert E. Lee’s rebel forces, Among those posing with him are then-or-future Generals Geo. Morell, Alex S. Webb, Henry Hunt, Fitz-John Porter, A.A. Humphreys, and George A. Custer (standing alone at far right), as well as Army of the Potomac medical director Dr. Jonathan Letterman and census statistician J.C.G. Kennedy. 

All figures are very clear and distinct, as are the tents and the grassy foreground. 

Elaborately matted and framed: the matt has gilt decorations, a decorative fillet, and a 3″ deep contemporary wood frame, with the original wooden backing still in place; an unusually powerful Victorian presentation for an historic image that was certainly taken directly from the original glass plate.  

Lincoln, Abraham (George McClellan; Antietam) Toned Silver Print Photograph, showing President Lincoln, Gen. George B. McClellan and assorted officers standing before a tent.  No date, circa 1870s or 1880s; off the original glass plate negative with a warm light brown tone.  Print approx. 6-3/4″ x 4-3/4″, on a mount approx. 8-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, titled “Lincoln and his Generals at Antietam.”  [M-45; O-62]