Library of Congress posts 700 Civil War-era portraits to Flickr
The Library of Congress has placed 700 portraits of Americans - a gift of the Liljenquist Family Collection - taken during the American Civil War online. Most of the people are unidentified, and the Library is hoping to use the collective knowledge to learn more about the people in these images.
AHEC unveils digitized collection of Civil War photographs
American Civil war Generals and ordinary soldiers now dwell online for the world to see. When these photos were first shot, it was with primitive technology. Camera speeds were too slow to capture Civil War combat on film, but good enough for camp scenes, portraits and the aftermath of battle. Recently the Army Heritage and Education Center unveiled a digitized collection of 23,000 vintage photos from the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States from the Massachusetts Commandery. This collection is considered by historians the single best Civil War photograph collection in the world.
Dave Wiegers traveled 20,000 miles to take photos of 190 Lincoln statues (Article no longer available from the original source)
Civil War history buff Dave Wiegers has traveled over 20,000 miles to photograph Abraham Lincoln ... again and again. He has crisscrossed the nation and flown to Hawaii over the past 3 years to take pictures of over 190 Lincoln statues in almost 3 dozen states - so many images, in fact, that he's now thinking of putting them together in a book. He has a working title: "A Life Worth Remembering: the Monumental Legacy of Abraham Lincoln." "I'm probably the only person in the U.S. and the world who's visited every statue worth visiting," says Wiegers. Or, at least, every one he knows about.
$831,000 for S.R. Gifford painting "Sunday Prayers" of Union Soldiers
The bidding for what was to become the spotlight of Skinner's art sale in its Boston gallery, Sanford R. Gifford's Sunday Prayers, opened at $20,000. At $29,000, a jump bid came from one of phone bidders competing for the sunlit scene of Union soldiers being led in prayer by a preacher on the banks of the Potomac. "200,000" said a Skinner phone bid taker. Estimate had been put at $40,000-60,000; previewers had figured its value at $250,000. Then the bids began to climb, with raises always answered by Richard Rossello. The impatient phone bidder was tapped out at $400,000. Then another tried his luck. In the end Rossello was the winner, at $831,000.
Photo gallery: Civil War reenactors at Gettysburg
Photographs of Civil War reenactors at Gettysburg. As part of the 21st annual Civil War Heritage Days at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park in Pennsylvania, volunteer groups of reenactors offered visitors a look at camp life during the war. Among them were the 20th Maine Infantry and the U.S. Sharpshooters, who also demonstrated battlefield tactics.
Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Tennessee in Civil War (Article no longer available from the original source)
It's one thing to understand that more than 20,000 soldiers, in uniforms both blue and gray, died at the Battle of Murfreesboro. It's another to study a portrait of 20yo private Frank B. Crosthwait, dressed in his Sunday best, looking at the camera. In a short time, he'll be found on the battlefield, mortally wounded, still clutching handkerchief he used in an attempt to stop the bleeding from his injuries. His image is one of more than 250 portraits, many never before published, to be found in "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Tennessee in the Civil War" by Richard B. McCaslin.
Collector's stereo photos add new dimension to civil war history (Article no longer available from the original source)
Bob Zeller, author of several books like The Civil War in Depth and The Blue and Gray in Black and White, is one of the foremost experts on Civil War photographs. Zeller will give a slide lecture, "The Best Photos of the Civil War in 3-D," at the Cape Fear Museum. Easily 2/3 of the surviving Civil War images are twin images for stereo use. Some books will tell you there were no battle-action photos taken during the war - I've found more than half a dozen. In fact, one of the first Civil War battles to be photographed, a naval battle in Charleston harbor on Sept. 8, 1863, was photographed by both a Confederate and a Union photographer.
Civil war photography expert visits Bennett
Bob Zeller, a leading expert on Civil War photography, was a guest speaker at Bennett School. During the slide presentation he narrated a history of the war using 79 3-D stereograph images. The audience wore 3-D glasses to get the full effect of the images. He explained how the majority of Civil War photographs were taken and viewed in 3-D. He also noted that photography was invented a mere 21 years before the Civil War. Among the images in the show were those of Ft. Sumter, General Grant; General Sherman; the ironclad Monitor and other ships; Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields and camp life.
Portrait of Slave Child by the wife of Gen. Robert E. Lee Sold (Article no longer available from the original source)
A haunting portrait of a slave girl painted by the wife of General Robert E. Lee at her family's Virginia plantation in 1830 is being sold to Colonial Williamsburg. The portrait went on sale for $400,000 together with other memorabilia from the J.E.B. Stuart Collection of the Confederate general. Mary Anna Randolf Custis, daughter of George Washington's only grandson, painted the portrait in 1830 on the grounds of what became Arlington National Cemetery, a year before she married her distant cousin Robert E. Lee. The real name of the child isn't recorded, but she is known to have been one of the slaves at the 1,100-acre Custis family plantation along the Potomac River.
The original war correspondents: Work of pictorial reporters (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Civil War marked the beginning of American military art. Many artists were sent to the battlefields as pictorial reporters armed with pencils and paper. While Mathew Brady was the most famous of the photographers to cover the war, cameras at the time could not capture action well. He trained his lens on camp life and the soldiers` activities before and after battles. Winslow Homer was a freelance illustrator when the Civil War began. Even though he was a pictorial reporter for a short time, he continued to illustrate from his past battlefront experiences. The most accurate records come from lesser-known artists who shared day-to-day time with soldiers.
Photographs showcase unknown Civil War landmarks
On the eve of Black History Month, the Syracuse University LightWorks is giving opportunity to remember some lesser-known figures of history. "Unsung Heroes: African-American Soldiers in the Civil War" portrays the heroism of the soldiers through pictures. With the use of black and white photography, William Earle Williams fills in the missing pieces of American history related to the events of Civil War. He traveled around U.S. in search of historical landmarks. With the help of explanatory paragraphs beneath each photo, he explains the story of African-American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
Hanged for conspiracy in the assassination of President Lincoln
Almost a century and a half ago, on July 7, 1865, Lewis Paine, David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were hanged on the grounds of the Washington Arsenal. They had been sentenced to death by a military commission for conspiracy in the assassination of President Lincoln. (The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, had been killed by a Union soldier while trying to escape.) Thousands wished to witness the execution. Tickets were issued to about 1,000 people. Alexander Gardner was the only photographer present at the execution. He took a series of pictures; the first shows the empty scaffold and the last shows the four lifeless bodies hanging in midair.
Unique and rare Civil War pictures at the Chrysler Museum
When the American Civil War started in 1861, no one knew it would become a milestone marking the shift from ancient to modern warfare. The newly developed tool of photography resulted more than 1 million images of the struggle. And nearly 150 years after the first shot at Fort Sumter sounded, some of the most important and horrific of those images can be seen in "Civil War Photography from the David L. Hack Collection," which runs at Chrysler Museum. This select group of 50 works includes many photographs so rare, large and free of flaws that even viewers who know the field well may be surprised by quality of the collection.
Book recalls Confederacy images -- 200 vintage photographs
Michael Hardy is back with "Remembering North Carolina`s Confederates," a photographic collection. The book collects over 200 vintage black-and-white photographs that not only capture the flavor of the post-war South but the effect of the war on the Tarheel State`s communities. While the photos aren`t contemporaneous with the civil war, the book marks significant places and people from the 1870`s. Highlights include Jefferson Davis`s funeral procession, reunions between Union and Confederate troops, historical monuments and text that describes each photograph and brings the past alive.
Images of slavery discovered on old Southern currency
Pictures of slaves often showed up on Southern banknotes issued by the Confederacy during the Civil War. That historical detail led John W. Jones to a project: He began collecting old banknotes, and pictures of them, showing images of slavery, then magnified the tiny engravings and painted enlarged copies onto large canvases. The result is his exhibit "The Color of Money," a study of art and history, which opened at the Museum in Myrtle Beach. One $10 bill showed George Washington out with his slaves, underlining that slavery was an integral part of the nation from the start and that many of the founders were slaveowners.
Fall of Atlanta photos - Union Maj. General Sherman (Article no longer available from the original source)
"If the people raise a howl against the barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking," Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote to his generals two days after Atlanta surrendered and weeks before the city's destruction. That declaration is among the 52 documents from Sherman, on display at the Atlanta History Center. The exhibit intersperses his field orders with maps and illustrations, and photographs taken after the city fell. The photos were shot by George N. Barnard, who was hired by the Union army to take pictures of Confederate defenses. "The photographs are so contemporary that you're seeing the actual battlefields."
Sketcher worked in risky 1861 combat zones of the Civil War (Article no longer available from the original source)
Alfred R. Waud was renowned as a famous war correspondent. "Both sides of the conflict knew the little man on the huge bay mare, frantically sketching live battle scenes as soldiers in both blue and gray took pot shots at him." He was a member of the infamous "Bohemian Brigade," a band of reporters and "special" artists who formed a social and working group during the Civil War. His war sketches were done on the fly. Many of the sketches appear incomplete, but they all feature layers of smoke and the illusion of distant armies clashing in battle.
New book offers rare Civil War photos and paintings (Article no longer available from the original source)
Out of ammunition and fleeing enemy fire at the Battle of Gettysburg, Union Sgt. Warren H. Freeman came on a big, badly wounded Confederate officer who asked to be dragged to shelter from the fire of his own side. Three days of fighting in July 1863 in the Pennsylvania left more than 50,000 soldiers dead, wounded, captured or missing. Freeman survived Gettysburg, his ninth battle. His accounts made him the favorite Civil War chronicler for Margaret E. Wagner. Her new volume, "The American Civil War: 365 Days," has nearly 500 photographs, lithograph, paintings, drawings and cartoons. Many are rarely seen and some may never have been published.
Photographic images of American Civil War Fortifications (Article no longer available from the original source)
Fortifications, great and small, played a crucial role throughout the Civil War. Hostilities opened on April 12, 1861 with the onset of the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. From that point to the end of the war, the construction and reduction of fortified positions absorbed considerable amounts of time, effort, by both combatants. Large masonry seacoast fortifications were not the only works involved. Both sides built numerous entrenched and reveted positions to dominate strategic locations. Some were large, involved earthworks mounting impressive armaments of heavy cannon.