Saturday, April 21, 2018

Antietam Then & Now: James Gibson's Middle Bridge photo

          THEN: James Gibson, September 1862, LOC  | NOW:: John Banks, April 21, 2018.
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After the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, James Gibson photographed the Middle Bridge, used extensively by both armies, from a steep bluff on the east bank of Antietam Creek. After securing permission from the land owner, I aimed to duplicate Gibson's long-ago image. As you can see in the "Now" photograph, the terrain has changed significantly since 1862. Not only is the hillside extensively wooded, the Middle Bridge  no longer exists. Destroyed by a flood in 1891, it has long since been replaced by a modern bridge built higher than the older span. For a re-examination of Gibson's image on my blog, go here.

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