Oct 1

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide, and Vice President of the Center for Civil War Photography, Garry Adelman, is at the 20th Maine monument trying to convince people he doesn’t hate the 20th Maine—he just wants to view them in a realistic light.  With Barry Martin and Tom Danninger, Garry created the CD, The Gettysburg Park Commission Photos: Then & Now.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman, along with colleagues Tom Danninger and Barry Martin, systematically located the camera positions of the 237 photographs included in the Annual Reports of the Gettysburg National Military Park Commission, 1893-1904. The trio arranged the photos into seventeen sections and present the images in a “then & now” format along with a history of the project and the Park Commission on their CD, The Gettysburg Park Commission Photos: Then & Now. We continue their series with a sampling from each of the seventeen sections.

The Gettysburg National Park Commission (GNPC) issued annual reports from its creation in 1893 until stewardship was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933. The reports, issued each November, covering that year through October, outlined the work of the GNPC for that year. Reports from 1893-1904 were bound into one volume with the photographs that accompanied each report (a practice started with the 1895 report) printed en masse after the text. Together, these images provide a comprehensive view of the battlefield and the Commission’s work available nowhere else. Comparing the images to the same sites today speaks to the important issues of preservation, commercialization, monumentation, and the growth of the GNMP. It’s also simply “cool” to look at then & now photos!

For more in the Then & Now series, please click here.

In today’s Gettysburg Then and Now post, Garry Adelman, Barry Martin, and Tom Danninger contiue with photographs taken in the area of the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard.

This map, from the Gettysburg Park Commission Photos Then and Now CD, shows us the locations for the Then and Now photographs. In today’s post we show photographs taken in the area of Sickles Avenue.

View #13: Gutter paving on United States Ave. This view was taken in 1904.

Looking from near Sickles Ave toward the Trostle Farm, This modern view of the previous photograph was taken facing southeast in 2003.

View #16: United States Ave, from Trostle House. This view was taken in 1896.

Path of U.S. Ave formerly ran much closer to the Trostle house. The tree at left is a “Witness” tree, also known as the Sickles tree due to its close proximity to Gen Sickles headquarters, This modern view of the previous photograph was taken facing northwest in 2002.

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