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This online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath. The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These negatives and prints are sometimes referred to as the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection to indicate the previous owners. The Library purchased the negatives in 1943.
Search tip for this collection: Try putting in very few search terms, particularly when searching for people (for example, try just the person's last name). For more information, see the section.
Many additional Civil War images are in other collections, including drawings, prints, and photograph albums to name a few.
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Other Civil War Holdings in the Prints & Photographs Division
- Ambrotype, tintype, and other photographs highlight Civil War soldiers and their families, both North and South.
Andrew J. Russell photographs - Captain Andrew. J. Russell, of the 141st New York Infantry, was the first U.S. Army photographer. He documented railroad maintenance and construction in Washington, D.C. and Virginia and military facilities in and around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and in Virginia. View descriptions and images: , , and .
- 100 photographs presented chronologically showing the major sites of conflict in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Civil War Drawings in - More than who drew for the nation's illustrated newspapers.
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More Civil War pictures -- see the page.