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While photographs of earlier conflicts do exist, the American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. Not only did intrepid photographers venture onto the fields of battle, but those very images were then widely displayed and sold in ever larger quantities nationwide.

Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O'Sullivan found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of far away battlefields. Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare.

Photography during the Civil War, especially for those who ventured out to the battlefields with their cameras, was a difficult and time consuming process. Photographers had to carry all of their heavy equipment, including their darkroom, by wagon. They also had to be prepared to process cumbersome light-sensitive images in cramped wagons.   

Today pictures are taken and stored digitally, but in 1861, the newest technology was wet-plate photography, a process in which an image is captured on chemically coated pieces of plate glass. This was a complicated process done exclusively by photographic professionals.

Cameras in the time of the Civil War were bulky and difficult to maneuver. All of the chemicals used in the process had to be mixed by hand, including a mixture called collodion. Collodion is made up of several types of dangerous chemicals including ethyl ether and acetic or sulfuric acid.

The photographer began the process of taking a photograph by positioning and focusing the camera. Then, he mixed the collodion in preparation for the wet-plate process.

Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

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Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
William T. Sherman
David Farragut
George B. McClellan
Henry Halleck
George Meade

Jefferson Davis
Robert E. Lee  
J. E. Johnston  
G. T. Beauregard  
A. S. Johnston   †
Braxton Bragg  

110,000+ killed in action/died of wounds
230,000+ accident/disease deaths [6] [7]
25,000–30,000 died in Confederate prisons [2] [6]

365,000+ total dead [8] 282,000+ wounded [7]
181,193 captured [2]
[ better source needed ] [9]

290,000+ total dead
137,000+ wounded
436,658 captured [2]
[ better source needed ] [10]

The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery , war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina , shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated . The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States , who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.

While photographs of earlier conflicts do exist, the American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. Not only did intrepid photographers venture onto the fields of battle, but those very images were then widely displayed and sold in ever larger quantities nationwide.

Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O'Sullivan found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of far away battlefields. Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare.

Photography during the Civil War, especially for those who ventured out to the battlefields with their cameras, was a difficult and time consuming process. Photographers had to carry all of their heavy equipment, including their darkroom, by wagon. They also had to be prepared to process cumbersome light-sensitive images in cramped wagons.   

Today pictures are taken and stored digitally, but in 1861, the newest technology was wet-plate photography, a process in which an image is captured on chemically coated pieces of plate glass. This was a complicated process done exclusively by photographic professionals.

Cameras in the time of the Civil War were bulky and difficult to maneuver. All of the chemicals used in the process had to be mixed by hand, including a mixture called collodion. Collodion is made up of several types of dangerous chemicals including ethyl ether and acetic or sulfuric acid.

The photographer began the process of taking a photograph by positioning and focusing the camera. Then, he mixed the collodion in preparation for the wet-plate process.

Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

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Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

While photographs of earlier conflicts do exist, the American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. Not only did intrepid photographers venture onto the fields of battle, but those very images were then widely displayed and sold in ever larger quantities nationwide.

Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O'Sullivan found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of far away battlefields. Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare.

Photography during the Civil War, especially for those who ventured out to the battlefields with their cameras, was a difficult and time consuming process. Photographers had to carry all of their heavy equipment, including their darkroom, by wagon. They also had to be prepared to process cumbersome light-sensitive images in cramped wagons.   

Today pictures are taken and stored digitally, but in 1861, the newest technology was wet-plate photography, a process in which an image is captured on chemically coated pieces of plate glass. This was a complicated process done exclusively by photographic professionals.

Cameras in the time of the Civil War were bulky and difficult to maneuver. All of the chemicals used in the process had to be mixed by hand, including a mixture called collodion. Collodion is made up of several types of dangerous chemicals including ethyl ether and acetic or sulfuric acid.

The photographer began the process of taking a photograph by positioning and focusing the camera. Then, he mixed the collodion in preparation for the wet-plate process.

While photographs of earlier conflicts do exist, the American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. Not only did intrepid photographers venture onto the fields of battle, but those very images were then widely displayed and sold in ever larger quantities nationwide.

Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Timothy O'Sullivan found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of far away battlefields. Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare.

Photography during the Civil War, especially for those who ventured out to the battlefields with their cameras, was a difficult and time consuming process. Photographers had to carry all of their heavy equipment, including their darkroom, by wagon. They also had to be prepared to process cumbersome light-sensitive images in cramped wagons.   

Today pictures are taken and stored digitally, but in 1861, the newest technology was wet-plate photography, a process in which an image is captured on chemically coated pieces of plate glass. This was a complicated process done exclusively by photographic professionals.

Cameras in the time of the Civil War were bulky and difficult to maneuver. All of the chemicals used in the process had to be mixed by hand, including a mixture called collodion. Collodion is made up of several types of dangerous chemicals including ethyl ether and acetic or sulfuric acid.

The photographer began the process of taking a photograph by positioning and focusing the camera. Then, he mixed the collodion in preparation for the wet-plate process.

Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

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Civil War Confederate artifacts include a battle flag and a Confederate belt plate. The top saber appears homemade, while the other is government issue. The kepi is also government issue, but the knife is not.

Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
William T. Sherman
David Farragut
George B. McClellan
Henry Halleck
George Meade

Jefferson Davis
Robert E. Lee  
J. E. Johnston  
G. T. Beauregard  
A. S. Johnston   †
Braxton Bragg  

110,000+ killed in action/died of wounds
230,000+ accident/disease deaths [6] [7]
25,000–30,000 died in Confederate prisons [2] [6]

365,000+ total dead [8] 282,000+ wounded [7]
181,193 captured [2]
[ better source needed ] [9]

290,000+ total dead
137,000+ wounded
436,658 captured [2]
[ better source needed ] [10]

The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery , war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina , shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated . The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States , who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.

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    While photographs of earlier conflicts do exist, the American Civil War is considered the first major conflict to be extensively photographed. Not only did intrepid photographers venture onto the fields of battle, but those very images were then widely
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