Pat Todd

Pat Todd

Civil War Summer Lecture Series

Patrick Todd has been a lifelong student of the American Civil War. Having several ancestors who fought for both the Union and Confederacy, Pat grew up hearing many tales of battles and heroism passed down through his family.

Combining his passions for the Civil War, and for photography, he began studying the vast amounts of images produced during this turbulent period. Combing over these iconic photographs was not enough, so Pat taught himself the wet plate collodion process, which was used to make the majority of these images.

Now working for the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield, Pat can be seen carrying his large cameras and equipment following in the shadows of those who fought and died on these Western Maryland fields.

On Wednesday, June 29th Pat will present his  Summer Lecture Series talk  “The Terrible Reality: Photographing Antietam”.   Pat will explain how early photography changed the way people viewed not only the world around them, but the face of war itself. Primarily discussing the images made by Alexander Gardner on the fields surrounding Sharpsburg, Pat will also demonstrate how the wet plate collodion process was, and continues to be, done using period tools and techniques.

Come join leading historians, Antietam Battlefield Guides, NPS volunteer interpreters and living history presenters as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These Wednesday evening programs are free and open to the public. They will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn at 7:oo p.m. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit around the event tent. In case of inclement weather talks will be cancelled. Parking is available on Main and Hall Streets. Check our Facebook page for updates.