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Civil War Photographs & Pictures

Pictures, photos, and images from The American Civil War


Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. (Library of Congress)
Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America February 22, 1861 to May 10, 1865. (Library of Congress)
Robert E. Lee, March 1864. (Library of Congress)
George B. McClellan, 1861. (Library of Congress)
Ulysses S. Grant, between 1860-1870. (Library of Congress)
Interior sally port from Fort Sumter. Illustration from Harper’s Weekly Journal of Civilization, Saturday, February 16, 1861.
The Confederate Flag raised at Fort Sumter following the surrender of Major Anderson, April 16, 1861. (Library of Congress)
Tent life of the 31st Pennsylvania Infantry (later, 82d Pennsylvania Infantry) at Queen’s farm, in the vicinity of Fort Slocum, 1861. (Library of Congress)
Federal cavalry at Sudley Ford during the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), July 1861. (Library of Congress)
The First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), July 21, 1861. (Library of Congress)
Lithograph depicting General Ulysses S. Grant leading a charge on the Rebels at Pittsburgh, Tennessee during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862. (Library of Congress)
The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 17, 1862. (Library of Congress)
Lookout Mountatin, 1864. Lookout Mountain was crucial in the Battle of Chattangooga on November 24, 1863. (Library of Congress)
Lithograph depicting the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863. (Library of Congress)
A harvest of death following the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg, July 1863. (National Archives)
George Pickett’s division comes under Federal rifle fire at the Battle of Gettysburg as they near the Union lines on Cemetery Hill. (U.S. Army Center of Military History)
Crowd at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863 during the dedication of Soldier’s National Cemetery and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln in center.
Union general Benjamin F. Butler’s signal tower on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula outside of Richmond, Virginia. (Library of Congress)
Lithograph depicting the Battle of the Wildnerness, May 5-7, 1864. (Library of Congress)
Photograph of the 1st Massachusetts burying the dead after the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 8-21, 1864. (Library of Congress)
Federal picket post in Atlanta, Georgia just before the Battle of Atlanta of July 22, 1864. (Library of Congress)
The Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864. (Library of Congress)
Engraving depicting Sherman’s March to the Sea November 15 to December 21, 1864. (Library of Congress)
The Federal outer line outside of Nashville, Tennesse during the Battle of Nashville December 15-16, 1864. (Library of Congress)
Confederate military prison at Andersonville, Georgia, August 17, 1864. (Library of Congress)
The McClean House in Appomattox, Virginia, site Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s surrender following the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse. (Library of Congress)

Civil War Pictures In Articles From History Net Magazines

Battle Of South Mountain: Battlefield And BeyondJune Issue Extra: Lee’s first invasion of Union territory was turned back at the Battle of South Mountain
Fearless French MaryBattlefield held little terror for feisty Marie Tepe as she focused on aiding her beloved Zouaves
Civil War Ship ModelsShip Modeler Ed Parent shares his love of naval history.
History we can chew on

If we want the young to learn history, we must find appealing ways to teach it

The Lincoln restaurant offers this large white leather banquette as an inviting version of the president's perch at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo courtesy of …

We Are All Rebels

A Louisiana youth wages a personal war with the Yankees on his doorstep

Aleck Mouton was 10 years old, barefoot and Confederate to the core when he confronted Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks, who had just invaded the tiny south Louisiana …

A Sesquicentennial three-pack

Stunning photos dominate these coffee table tomes

The Civil War sesquicentennial has spawned a new—and not-so-new—wave of literature designed to introduce a new generation to the nation's seminal conflict. Among the first such books are three profusely illustrated volumes that …

The First Battle Of The Civil War - Philippi *

*Note on Philippi, the Civil War's First Battle Inland: Many people ask, "What was the first battle of the Civil War?" The answers that are often given are 'The Battle Of First Bull Run'  or 'Fort Sumter.'  Chronologically, Fort Sumpter

Survivors Remember Shiloh7 Lives Altered by Shiloh: Two Fateful Days Can Make Reputations, Shatter Families, and Shape Destinies
Murder in the Civil War

Getting away with murder
The battlefield claimed many a brave officer, but there were a few others who met not-quite-so-honorable ends

The death toll among general officers during the Civil War was staggering. Because military necessity often placed a general …

Putting a face on the burden of war: Lincoln Face MorphWorry over a nation torn apart etched itself in the visage of Abraham Lincoln.
The Last Photo of LincolnWhen Abraham Lincoln’s remains arrived in New York City on April 24, 1865, hundreds of thousands of its once-antagonistic citizens gathered to mourn him.
Gettysburg Grows by 45 Acres: December/January 2010

Gettysburg residents Wayne and Susan Hill recently donated 45 acres to the Gettysburg Foundation. Located near the eastern base of Big Round Top at the southern end of the battlefield, the acreage encompasses an area where Union skirmishers maneuvered on …

Lincoln Gets BuzzedLooking notably robust near his 56th birthday, Abraham Lincoln sat for this portrait by an un­known photographer around February 1865.
Lincoln or Bust

Abraham Lincoln posed for several famous photographs at Alexander Gardner's Washington, D.C., gallery on November 8, 1863: one with his private secretaries John Nicolay and John Hay, and another full-face close-up that showed the steely-eyed president staring directly into the …

Mary Liked the Clean-Shaven Look 

In February 1861, longtime Illinois residents Abraham and Mary Lincoln moved their family to Washington, D.C., where the new president took up residence in the war-riven White House armed with a reassuring new image: that of a bearded statesman. …

Key Third Winchester Site Saved: April/May 2009Third Winchester, the bloodiest battle to take place in the Shenandoah Valley, will likely draw more visitors than ever now that a larger portion of the battlefield is being preserved
Feeling the Past at GettysburgThe presence of the past can be felt at the Gettysburg battlefield, where so many Civil War soldiers laid down their lives.
Reimaginining the SouthA Southerner learns the skeleton in her family closet wore a coat of Union blue.
Battle of Shiloh: Shattering MythsEvents that have been distorted or enhanced by veterans and early battlefield administrators have become part of the accepted story of the April 1862 battle -- until now. Case in point: The Sunken Road wasn't.
Robert E. Lee and His Horse TravellerRarely have horse and rider gone so well together as Traveller and Robert E. Lee.


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