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Civilian Life
Life at the homefront was difficult as women struggled to fill in for missing men and tried to provide for their families during a time of scarcity. Near the battlefields, reporters, photographers and other civilians supported and reported on the troops.

Servants at quarters of Prince de Joinville

Servants at quarters of Prince de Joinville in front of Yorktown, May 3, 1862
Four men with wash tub, frying pan, etc.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed 1862, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7993


Cedar Mountain, Va. Family group before the house

Cedar Mountain, Va. Family group before the house in which Gen. Charles S. Winder (C.S.A.) died
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862, July-August 1862. Photograph includes women.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 August.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-05022


Appomattox Court House, Va. Civilians

Appomattox Court House, Va. Civilians in front of the hotel
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7189


Bealeton, Va. Group at tent and wagon

Bealeton, Va. Group at tent and wagon of the New York Herald
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 August.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7235


Petersburg, Va. Cottage of Col. Nathaniel Michler

Petersburg, Va. Cottage of Col. Nathaniel Michler, U.S. Engineers, at Bryant house
Photograph of the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Photograph includes women.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7485


Falmouth, Va. Group in front of post office tent

Falmouth, Va. Group in front of post office tent at Army of the Potomac headquarters
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Burnside and Hooker, November 1862-April 1863. Photograph includes woman.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7396


Washington, D.C. Workmen

Washington, D.C. Workmen in front of the Ambulance Shop
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the capital at war.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 April.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7834


Alexandria, Va. Cooks

Alexandria, Va. Cooks in the kitchen of Soldiers' Rest
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of Alexandria, Va.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 July.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7863


Aiken's House, James River, Va.

Aiken's House, James River, Va.
African American men, women, and children seated on a pile of lumber.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-119938


Five generations on Smith's Plantation

Five generations on Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-152-A


Large group of slaves(?)

Large group of slaves(?) standing in front of buildings on Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-67819


Culpeper, Va. "Contrabands"

Culpeper, Va. "Contrabands"
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863. Shows two African American men, escaped slaves, sitting in front of a white army tent, one with cigar and the other with a soup ladle.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 November.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0221


Aquia Creek Landing, Va. Clerks

Aquia Creek Landing, Va. Clerks of the Commissary Depot by railroad car and packing cases
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Burnside and Hooker, November 1862-April 1863.
1863 February.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7322


Port Royal Island, S.C. African Americans

Port Royal Island, S.C. African Americans preparing cotton for the gin on Smith's plantation
Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Port Royal, S.C., 1861-1862. Shows seven African Americans sitting in a pile of cotton in front of gin house.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0159


Cold Harbor, Va. Photographer's wagon

Cold Harbor, Va. Photographer's wagon and tent
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2447


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