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Photographing the Civil War - 1

Mathew Brady’s Civil War photographs at the Library of Congress constitute one of the most significant historical resources of the period. Brady, a New York portrait photographer, opened a studio in Washington, D.C., in 1858. Throughout the war, Brady’s staff photographed soldiers, battlefields, and related incidents on glass-plate negatives. The images, sold as prints, reproduced in books, and converted to illustrations for newspapers, were the first to document an American war. Congress acquired the collection between 1875 and 1954 to preserve this visual history for future generations.

1 Image “Battle-field at Antietam…,” by Alexander Gardner, September 1862 View All Images
2 Images Photograph, “Battle-field at Gettysburg…,” by Timothy O'Sullivan... View All Images
1 Image Manuscript page, draft for a book of Civil War photographs (Battle of... View All Images
1 Image Photograph, “Battle-field at Gettysburg, or ‘Harvest of Death,’... View All Images