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The year is 1862. It’s October 2nd. President Lincoln makes a rare battlefield visit to discuss General McClellan’s handling of the Battle of Antietam. McClellan led the Union Army to victory – however, General Lee and his troops were allowed to escape. Despite Lincoln’s belief that McClellan was a capable general – he released him from command a month later.

I actually created a composite of two photos of Lincoln’s meeting with McClellan, to get the most complete record of the scene, as well as the best clarity possible, prior to colorizing. If you look carefully at the Black & White images, you can see how the composite photo was made. This process was tedious, as the photos also needed to be cleaned up. The effort paid off, however, and now we have as complete a record of the meeting as possible – and it’s in full-color!

Abe & McClellan (1862) (O)

Lincoln & McClellan (1862) (O)

Abe & McClellan (1862) (R2)

1862 - Lincoln & McClellan - Antietam, MD


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