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Timothy H. O'Sullivan, North America, 1840-1882, b. Ireland
Home of a Rebel Sharp-Shooter at Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Albumen print
Image and sheet: 6 3/4 × 8 13/16 inches (17.15 × 22.38 cm) Mount: 12 3/16 × 17 13/16 inches (30.96 × 45.24 cm) Mat (exhibition): 15 × 18 inches (38.1 × 45.72 cm)

Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.222

Location: Not on view

During the time this photograph was made, the work of the Union burial parties at the Battle of Gettysburg was nearly finished, leaving relatively few corpses to be photographed. It was discovered in the 1970s that this scene was arranged by the photographers: they dragged the body some 70 yards and propped the rifle against the stone wall. The result is a memorable photograph, but a curious kind of document—one that is factually false but emotionally true.

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