The American Civil War was the first major conflict that was photographed extensively, bringing shocking and often horrific images to the front pages and into people's living rooms. Photography was extremely popular in the US at the time, and many photographers did not hold back from snapping even the most graphic of post-battle images to illustrate the horrors of war. Original captions were often scrawled below or on the backs of photos - you can read a few here in quotes.
Several of the images in this gallery are graphic in nature and may be disturbing.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
In the early 1830s, Texas, ruled by Mexico, held 20,000 U.S. settlers and 4,000 Mexican Tejanos, forcing residents to pick sides.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
Accused by a janitor, a respected Harvard professor was hanged for the murder of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, in 1849.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.