It was taken on October 3, 1862, by Alexander Gardner and depicts President Lincoln towering over George McClellan, the general's staff, and some Fifth Corps officers including Fitz Porter and Andrew Humphreys. Gardner caught this photo op, in fact, at Fifth Corps headquarters in front of the Jacob Grove house just west of Sharpsburg (along modern Maryland Highway 34).
Yet despite this photograph's fame and its widespread use, it never really had a good title. Most refer to it simply as Lincoln with his Generals, or Lincoln meeting with his Generals. In the Library of Congress' online photograph database it has an even less imaginative title: "Antietam, Md. President Lincoln with Gen. George B. McClellan and group of officers."
I think it's time we give this photograph a proper title.
Here's what I am thinking:
"An Unwelcome Visitor to the Mutual Admiration Society."
What do you think? Send in your suggestions.