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  • NJ Rebel
    Todd: Fascinating! Have you tried to communicate with Bill Frassanito about the finding of the photo, which is a reverse look of a photo in his book? Great
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      Todd:

      Fascinating! Have you tried to communicate with Bill Frassanito
      about the finding of the photo, which is a reverse look of a
      photo in his book?

      Great photograph by the way!

      Your humble servant,
      Gerry Mayers
      Co. B, "Tom Green Rifles",
      Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Infantry

      A Proud American by Birth, Southern by Choice!

      "I know of no fitter resting-place for a soldier than the field
      on which he has nobly laid down his life." --General Robert
      Edward Lee


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "TR Livesey" <tlivesey@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2002 12:47 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Battlefield photo


      > Group,
      >
      > I am posting an interesting battlefield photo of Antietam:
      >
      > http://westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/smoketownrd.jpg
      >
      > I bought it on ebay last year. All I know about it is that
      > it is a page cut from a 1914 book, about 7 inches wide; the
      > time the photo was taken, and the photographer, is unknown.
      > When I got it, I looked at it long enough to convince myself
      > of the camera location and angle: we are looking eastward,
      > across the Hagerstown Pike, looking up the Smoketown road.
      >
      > Of special interest is the age of the photo. It predates
      > the construction of both the Maryland monument and Confederate
      > Ave. In the background you can see the East Woods, extending
      > southward to what appears to be its wartime southern boundary.
      >
      > While I was looking for something else the other day, I found
      > this photo and noticed something I had not seen before:
      >
      > http://westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/smoketownrdhigh.jpg
      >
      > It appears to be a dead tree on the Mumma farm. I made the
      > connection with the dead tree in Gardner's Stereo #570, which
      > Frassanito places in this area. Under closer examination,
      > I was able to confirm that this is in fact the same tree:
      >
      > http://westwoodgalleries.com/antietam/smoketownrdblow.jpg
      >
      > Amazingly, it is located right where Frassanito predicted it
      > would be, based on other evidence. Since he does not mention
      > this photo, I am assuming he was unaware of it when he wrote
      > his book. Luckily, this photo was taken from nearly the exact
      > opposite direction as Gardner's, so the tree's distinctive
      > outline can be compared.
      >
      > Has anyone else ever seen this photo, or know anything about
      > it's age or photographer?
      >
      > Regards,
      > TR Livesey
      > tlivesey@...
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