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Only twenty-two years old at the time of the war, the art of photography had not yet learned how to capture motion. For that reason, there are no photos of actual battles. Only photographs of the aftermath - mainly of the dead and the destroyed battlefields -- remain.

Union soldiers in trenches

Union soldiers in trenches before Petersburg
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed in Dec. 1864, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC6-48


Antietam, Md. Battlefield

Antietam, Md. Battlefield on the day of the battle
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 September 17
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0671


Gettysburg, Pa. The center of the Federal position

Gettysburg, Pa. The center of the Federal position viewed from Little Round Top
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Gettysburg, June-July, 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 July
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2384


Bull Run, Va. View

Bull Run, Va. View of the battlefield
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, First Bull Run, July 1861.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-1046


Dead Confederate soldier, in trenches

Dead Confederate soldier, in trenches of Fort Mahone in front of Petersburg, Va., April 3, 1965
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed in 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-1822


Nashville, Tenn. Federal outer line

Nashville, Tenn. Federal outer line
Photograph of the War in the West. These photographs are of Hood before Nashville. Continuing his policy of the offensive at any cost, Gen. John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Gen. George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 December 16
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2639


Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones

Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7926


Berlin (now Brunswick), Md. Pontoon bridge and ruins

Berlin (now Brunswick), Md. Pontoon bridge and ruins of the stone bridge
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 October
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7437


Petersburg, Va. View of Fort Sedgwick

Petersburg, Va. View of Fort Sedgwick
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg,June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3210


Federal dead on the field of battle of first day

Federal dead on the field of battle of first day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed 1863, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-1827


Gettysburg, Pa. Dead soldiers

Gettysburg, Pa. Dead soldiers in the wheatfield near the Emmittsburg road; another view
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Gettysburg, June-July, 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 July
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0256


Big Black River, Miss.

Big Black River, Miss. Battlefield of May 17, 1863
Photograph of the War in the West.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 February
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-1056


Antietam, Md. Antietam Bridge

Antietam, Md. Antietam Bridge on the Sharpsburg-Boonsboro Turnpike
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 September
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7214


Cedar Mountain, Va. Union graves

Cedar Mountain, Va. Union graves on the battlefield
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862, July-August 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 August
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0511


Gettysburg, Pa. View of Little Round Top

Gettysburg, Pa. View of Little Round Top
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Gettysburg, June-July, 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 July
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7318


Bull Run, Va. View of Bull Run

Bull Run, Va. View of Bull Run
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, First Bull Run, July 1861.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-1111


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