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"Send me your picture" was a common refrain in letters to soldiers from the homefront. The soldiers obliged often sending carte de viste photographs - so-called because they were the size of visiting cards.

William J. Hardee, Lieut. General

William J. Hardee, Lieut. General
Lieut. General William J. Hardee, half-length portrait, facing slightly left.
CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-USZC4-7972 LC-USZ62-14973


Gettysburg, Pa. John L. Burns

Gettysburg, Pa. John L. Burns, the "old hero of Gettysburg," with gun and crutches
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Gettysburg, June-July, 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 July.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-2402


Portrait of a Confederate soldier?

Portrait of a Confederate soldier?
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10693


Portrait of a Confederate soldier?

Portrait of a Confederate soldier?
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10692


General Braxton Bragg

General Braxton Bragg
Braxton Bragg, half-length portrait, facing right.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7984, LC-USZ62-4888


Unknown location. Unidentified Union volunteer

Unknown location. Unidentified Union volunteer with shouldered rifle and bayonet in photographer's studio
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-1174


Portrait of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger

Portrait of Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger, officer of the Confederate Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-1978


Portrait of Commodore Franklin Buchanan

Portrait of Commodore Franklin Buchanan, C.S.N., officer of the Confederate Navy
Buchanan is in U.S. Navy uniform.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-1428


Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren

Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee
Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1865
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-3417


Portrait of Brig. Gen. William A. Hammond

Portrait of Brig. Gen. William A. Hammond, Surgeon-General, officer of the Federal Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-1558


Portrait of Pvt. Philip Carper

Portrait of Pvt. Philip Carper, 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10018


Portrait of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Portrait of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, officer of the Federal Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-PP004A-40429


Portrait of boy soldier

Portrait of boy soldier
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10573


Portrait of Lt. Edwin J. Sweet

Portrait of Lt. Edwin J. Sweet, 40th New York Infantry, USA
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10066


33d New York Infantry

33d New York Infantry
Soldier posed, full-length, standing, facing front, holding bayoneted rifle in camp.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1861 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-99872


Portrait of Col. John S. Mosby

Portrait of Col. John S. Mosby, 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A., and friend
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8184-10455


Maj. General E.V. Sumner

Maj. General E.V. Sumner
Maj. General Edwin Vose Sumner, full-length portrait, standing on steps, facing right.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1863, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-115180


Portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee

Portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee, officer of the Confederate Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863.
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-0001


Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, officer of the Federal Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-6371


Portrait of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman

Portrait of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, officer of the Federal Army
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-6454


Portrait of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan

Portrait of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, officer of the Federal Army, and his wife, Ellen Mary Marcy
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8172-1765


Major General D.B. Birney

Major General D.B. Birney, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right
CREATED/PUBLISHED: photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-104947


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