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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

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.
Lincoln Gets BuzzedLooking notably robust near his 56th birthday, Abraham Lincoln sat for this portrait by an un­known photographer around February 1865.
Lincoln or BustAbraham 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 camera. The pictures were taken just 11 days before Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, adding …
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. Lincoln had begun growing his now-iconic whiskers only weeks after winning the 1860 election.   …
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.
America’s Civil War: Images of Peace at AppomattoxEvery picture tells a different story about Lee's surrender.
Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman: War’s Kindred SpiritsKindred spirits Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman prepared themselves for another bloody year of war as 1863 dawned.
USS Monitor: The Crew Took Great Pride in Serving on the Famous ShipThe crew of Swedish Inventor John Ericsson's Monitor took great pride in serving on the renowned 'cheese box on a raft.'
John Brown’s Family: A Living LegacyFor decades after John Brown swung from the gallows in 1859, his family lived in the long shadow of the notoriety he had generated.
Life at West Point of Future Professional American Civil War OfficersWhether they spent their energy studying or sneaking off to Benny Havens's tavern, the future professional officers of the Civil War left West Point with enough stories for a lifetime -- and an enduring common bond.
Northern Volunteer Nurses of America’s Civil WarA cadre of dedicated Northern women from all walks of life traveled to the charnel houses of the Civil War to care for the sick and wounded.
A German Partisan Ranger – March 1999 Civil War Times FeatureA German Partisan Ranger SUBMITTED BY FRED BARBER OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA NAME: Wenzel ErnstDATES: 1839 to 1863ALLEGIANCE: ConfederateHIGHEST RANK: PrivateUNIT: 30th Texas Cavalry, 1st Texas Partisan RangersSERVICE RECORD: Enlisted in the 30th Texas Cavalry, Company E, on July 12, 1862, at Camp McCulloch near Buchanan, Texas. Patrolled the plains of Texas and the nearby …
The Colonel was a Con Man – May 1999 Civil War Times FeatureThe Colonel was a Con Man If he was the son of Lord Byron, if he had been a major general in the Persian army, then why was he a private in the Union army? BY THOMAS P. LOWRY In all the armies of the Civil War, no two tent-mates were as unlikely a pair …
The Photographer of the Confederacy – May 1999 Civil War Times FeatureThe Photographer of the Confederacy BY CONLEY L. EDWARDS III In an attempt to explain why he undertook the task of battlefield photography during the Civil War, Mathew Brady said, “I felt I had to go, a spirit in my feet said go, and I went.” The modern student of the Civil War indeed owes …
Carnage in a Cornfield – September ’98 America’s Civil War FeatureCarnage in a Cornfield By Robert C. Cheeks Mr. Miller’s humble cornfield near Antietam Creek became the unlikely setting for perhaps the worst fighting of the entire Civil War. On Sunday night, September 14, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee issued orders for his much scattered commands to rally at Sharpsburg, Maryland. His ambitious plans …

 

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