(Photographic History Collection, NMAH)
"A Harvest of Death"
Photographic History Collection, NMAH
This photo, known as "A Harvest of Death," comes from Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketchbook of the War. On July 5, 1863, two days after the battle ended, Gardner and his assistants were the first photographers to arrive on the scene. He identified the dead men as Rebels, but later analysis revealed they were Federals whose shoes had been taken.
These artifacts are a part of Smithsonian Books' fall release Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection