Alexander Gardner, Civil War Fake News

By Karen Harris
Meadow strewn with Confederate dead, photographed by Alexander Gardner two days after fighting had ceased during bloodiest battle of Civil War. Source: (Photo by Alexander Gardner/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Photography was a brand new invention at the time of the American Civil War and this new media was used to document the tragic results of battle. Alexander Gardner was one of the most famous Civil War photographers and the images he captured of the dead soldiers littering the battlefields are some of the best reminders we have about the devastating war. Gardner’s photos were published in newspapers around the country and helped to showcase the brutality of war. There was just one problem…it seems that many of Gardner’s photos were faked.