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Photographs of buildings remind us of the time and of the towns, hospitals and churches that defined the look of civilian life during the war.

Aiken's House, James River, Va.

Aiken's House, James River, Va.
Aiken's House, James River, Virginia, with people on and in front of porch.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-119940


Head Quarters of Gen. G.L. Hartsuff

Head Quarters of Gen. G.L. Hartsuff
Group of people, some with musical instruments, in front of headquarters of Gen. George Lucas Hartsuff, Centre Hill, Petersburg, Va.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1861 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-124304


Washington, D.C. Buildings of the Sanitary Commission

Washington, D.C. Buildings of the Sanitary Commission Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers, North Capitol near C St.
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the U.S. Sanitary and Christian Commissions.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7712


Appomattox Court House, Va.

Appomattox Court House, Va. Federal soldiers at the courthouse
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7169


Falls Church, Va. The Church

Falls Church, Va. The Church
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Confederate winter quarters, 1861-1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2326


Interior of Falls Church, Va.

Interior of Falls Church, Va.
Interior wall of Falls Church in Falls Church, Va. with graffiti on walls and biblical text on wooden display case.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-104777


Richmond, Va. Front view of Capitol

Richmond, Va. Front view of Capitol
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3360


Richmond, Va. Left side and rear of Capitol

Richmond, Va. Left side and rear of Capitol
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3163


Richmond, Va. City Hall; Sycamore Church

Richmond, Va. City Hall; Sycamore Church beyond (Capitol Street)
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0923


Washington, D.C. The Old Capitol Prison

Washington, D.C. The Old Capitol Prison, 1st and A Streets NE
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the capital at war.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-1019


Washington, D.C. Chapel and other buildings

Washington, D.C. Chapel and other buildings of Armory Square Hospital, 6th and B [Independence Ave.] Sts. SW; completed U.S. Capitol in distance
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the hospitals.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 August.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7916


Embalming building near Fredericksburg, Va.

Embalming building near Fredericksburg, Va.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Hartford, Conn. : The War Photograph & Exhibition Company, [1865?]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-100629, LC-B811-2529


Plantation view at Port Royal Island

Plantation view at Port Royal Island, S.C.
Plantation slave quarters, Port Royal Island, S.C.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-67818


Auction & Negro Sales,' Whitehall Street

"Auction & Negro Sales," Whitehall Street
Photograph of the War in the West. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months. During the occupation, George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer's Office, made the best documentary record of the war in the West; but much of what he photographed was destroyed in the fire that spread from the military facilities blown up at Sherman's departure on November 15.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3608


Nashville, Tenn. Hospital for Federal officers

Nashville, Tenn. Hospital for Federal officers (Literary Department, University of Nashville; later Lindsley Hall, Peabody Normal College)
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
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2634


Atlanta, Ga. Boxcars with refugees

Atlanta, Ga. Boxcars with refugees at railroad depot
Photograph of the War in the West. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months. During the occupation, George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer's Office, made the best documentary record of the war in the West; but much of what he photographed was destroyed in the fire that spread from the military facilities blown up at Sherman's departure on November 15.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3671


Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta Intelligence office

Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta Intelligence office by the railroad depot
Photograph of the War in the West. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months. During the occupation, George N. Barnard, official photographer of the Chief Engineer's Office, made the best documentary record of the war in the West; but much of what he photographed was destroyed in the fire that spread from the military facilities blown up at Sherman's departure on November 15.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3613


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