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Battle of Antietam photos on display in Beneficial-Hodson Library

Monday, March 11, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—For only the third time since the Civil War, photographs originally displayed in photographer Matthew Brady’s renowned 1862 exhibition, The Dead of Antietam, is available for public viewing.

Bringing the Story of War to Our Doorsteps is on exhibit in the Beneficial-Hodson Library at Hood College through April 18 during regular library hours.

The photographs were taken by Brady's assistant, Alexander Gardner, in the aftermath of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, when more than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or reported missing. The images of the battlefield and the soldiers who died there revolutionized how the public would see the human cost of war.

The project is a collaborative effort between the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable and Hood College. The exhibit includes several original Gardner photos from a private collection as well as recreated original photographs reproduced to the same dimensions and style as the original from high-definition Library of Congress digital files.

For more information, visit or contact Jan Samet O’Leary, library director, at